Thousands of people, including Indian consulate and government staff, participated
NEW YORK CITY (TIP): The 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated today by the Consulate General of India in New York at the iconic Times Square, the crossroads of the world. This year, the yoga celebrations were special, as they were part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – 75 years of Indian independence.
In his remarks on the occasion, the Consul General recalled the growing popularity of yoga which is as much about physical health as it is about spiritual well-being and living in harmony with nature. Popular spiritual guru, Swami Avdheshanand Ji graced the occasion as guest of honor. In keeping with this year’s theme, Yoga for Humanity, he spoke about the contribution of yoga to promoting health, peace and harmony in the world. The main yoga session was led by renowned yoga expert Ms. Ruchika Lal from Art of Living Foundation from 09:30 to 10:30.
In addition, several sets of yoga sessions were also held throughout the day. The one-day event was attended by around 10,000 people. The session was broadcast live in India as part of the “Guardian Ring” which covered yoga events around the world, emphasizing the One Sun One Earth concept, showcasing the unifying power of yoga transcending boundaries.
The Consulate’s Times Square yoga event also showcased a variety of nature-based holistic health, Ayurvedic and wellness products from India. These products and superfoods have been promoted under the Government of India’s One District One Product (ODOP) initiative. Some of these products included organic turmeric, ginger, cardamom tea, Araku Valley coffee, and millet pasta. Ginger flakes and organic turmeric from Sikkim, India’s first all-organic state, were also on display and offered to yoga enthusiasts. Sourced from all over India with the help of ‘Invest India’, the products at the Consulate’s booth have been eliciting enthusiasm from visitors eager to learn more about their uniqueness and health benefits.
The excitement ahead of the 8th International Yoga Day was quite apparent in the strong turnout for a number of curtain-raising events. These were held in the weeks leading up to the June 21 celebration in Times Square. The festivities kicked off on June 1 with a World Yoga Festival organized by the World Yoga Community. The Indo-American Arts and Culture Forum hosted a yoga session in association with the Center for the Women of New York on June 4 in Bayside, New York. Community members turned out in large numbers for the Yoga Cruise on the East River on June 12 organized by the World Vegan Vision. YuVa Shakti discussed the benefits of yoga for seniors during a virtual session on June 17. Yoga sessions were also organized on June 18 and 19 by Vihangam Yoga.
For the first time, IDY was also celebrated on the American side of Niagara Falls. The Consulate General partnered with Buffalo-Niagara Tamil Mandram and Buffalo Indian Associations to host a yoga event at Goat Island of Niagara Falls State Park on June 19, 2022. This was the first time the IDY was celebrated on the American side of the world. most famous waterfall. Members of the Buffalo Network of Religious Communities, an organization made up of members of different religious groups, participated in the yoga celebrations which also brought together Indian students studying at various universities in Buffalo. The celebrations will now be an integral part of the Buffalo-Niagara region’s cultural calendar.
Several other yoga events are also planned in and around New York. GOPIO, Manhattan held a virtual event on June 23. On June 25, The Isha Foundation and Vihangham Yoga will celebrate IDY in Bridgewater, New Jersey and Shri Venkateshwara Temple NJ will host a yoga event in Hartsdale, New York. Connecticut will see yoga celebrations in Manchester on June 26 by the MILAN Cultural Association.
The United Nations, in December 2014, had unanimously adopted a resolution led by India to celebrate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 which is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the world. ‘northern hemisphere. Since 2015, International Yoga Day has been celebrated on a large scale across the globe, raising awareness of the multifaceted benefits of yoga. The Government of Sikkim, Invest India, TRIFED, State Bank of India, ICICI, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Tetley, CaratLane and Art of Living have supported the Consulate General of India to celebrate the 8th International Day of Yoga in New York.