International Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21 and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last year 2015.
International Yoga Day Date 2016:
21 June 2016
International Yoga Day to be Celebrated Every Year on:
Indian mediators attending in UN missions, participants from about 100 nationalities and top UN legates will join the second celebration of International Yoga day next week on 21st June 2016 with emphasis on how Yoga can help in achieving the Justifiable Development Goals.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said “this year’s celebration of the International Yoga Day will lay special emphasis on increasing awareness that Yoga is a complete approach and not just a physical activity. India’s Permanent Mission will organize on June 20 the first ‘Conversation with Yoga Masters’ that will seek to enrich our collective understanding of the unique features of Yoga and its role for the achievement of SDGs.”
“Isha Foundation founder and spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will participate in the event. On June 21, the Indian mission in association with the UN Department of Public Information will memorialize the Yoga day at the world body’s headquarters that will be attended by General Assembly President Morgens Lykketoft, Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach and Sadhguru, who will lead a simple Yoga practice.
The event will include a musical invocation on Yoga and well-known British singer Tanya Wells will recite Sanskrit shlokas. Akbaruddin said a huge and diverse turnout is expected at the Yoga Day gathering at the UN Secretariat Circle, with participants from 100 nationalities having registered for the event so far. Ambassadors and representatives from various countries will also share their own experiences of how Yoga has influenced their life styles.
Indian peacekeepers are also practicing to spot the Yoga Day in the 13 mediation operations where they are currently deployed, including in South Sudan, Congo and Lebanon, the Indian representative added, “tangibly demonstrating the role of Yoga in promoting peace and harmony”.
For the memorial, the Consulate has partnered with more than 25 associations. The organizations will be hosting special Yoga sessions in schools, temples as well as at the JFK International Airport and NewYork Airport. A special yoga day celebration will also be celebrated at the Kresge Auditorium of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.
So join hands for Yoga on the International Yoga Day on 21st June 2016.
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