Consulate General of India organizes International Day of Yoga 2018 in New York

Consulate General of India organizes International Day of Yoga 2018 in New York

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 The fourth International Day of Yoga was celebrated with enthusiasm and
 fervor at the historic Governor’s Island on 16th June 2018. The event 
organized by the Consulate General of India, New York saw enthusiastic participation from people of all ages.

It was on 11 December 2014, when UNGA 
approved the proposal by consensus, with a record of 177 countries, to 
designate 21st June, the day of the Summer Solstice, as International 
Day of Yoga (IDY). Since then the IDY has been celebrated annually by 
member countries of the UN with great enthusiasm.

Yoga is an ancient Indian discipline, 
which evolved thousands of years ago for physical and spiritual 
wellbeing of the humankind. The word ‘Yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and 
means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and 
consciousness. Yoga had gained worldwide popularity due to its immense 
health benefits. It is in keeping with that thought that the theme of 
the event this year was ‘Let Yoga Govern your life’.

The historic setting of the event in 
many ways exemplified the eternal values of yoga. Governor’s Island is a
 72-acre (70 ha) island in New York Harbor, approximately 800 yards (732
 m) from the southern tip of Manhattan Island and separated from 
Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel, approximately 400 yards (366 m). Perhaps
 signifying the global influence of yoga, the famous skyline of downtown
 Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty formed the backdrop of the event.

Consul General of India Sandeep Chakraborty (extreme left) and Congresswoman Maloney (Third from left) with participants

US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was the
 chief guest for the event. While complimenting the organizers, she 
spoke of the benefits that yoga has on contemporary lifestyles.

“Yoga, which is derived from Sanskrit, 
means to join or unite and symbolizes the union of body and mind” said 
Congresswoman Maloney. “It is a unique way to approach an individual’s 
health and well-being. Practicing yoga has been shown to decrease 
stress, fatigue, and alleviate chronic pains, as well as improving 
physical fitness. I know first-hand the benefits of practicing yoga. It 
is an essential part of my life, I practice it as often as I can, and it
 helps me to find balance and peace.”

The event featured performances from 
Hindu Temple, Indian Cultural Association, Mallakhambh Federation, Sam 
Katz (David Lynch Foundation), Art of Living Foundation, Isha 
Foundation, World Yoga Community and the Battery Dance Co.

The performances included demonstration 
of yoga mudra, salutations, common yoga protocol, Yogasanas on the pole,
 Transcendental Meditation, desktop yoga, Yogic music and musical 
performances from the Salon Di Virtuosi and a dance performance by the 
Battery Dance Co.


ICICI Bank, Air India, State Bank of India, India Tourism Office, Bank of Baroda,

Federation of Indian Associations, Amity
 Education Foundation, Ashram Kant Darshan    Darbar, and     Bhakti 
Centre were partners/ sponsors of the event.


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