TT hosts series of activities to mark International Day of Yoga

TT hosts series of activities to mark International Day of Yoga

Photo : Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi

Port-of-Spain: Indian High Commissioner, Shri Bishwadip Dey, has launched a series of activities in Trinidad and Tobago marking International Yoga Day.

He told scores of guests and media personnel at the Normandie Hotel that yoga is an invaluable gift of Indian ancient tradition for over 6,000 years, and this was recognized world-wide when 193 members of the United Nations passed a resolution on December 11th 2004 declaring June 21 as International Day of Yoga (IDY).

The activities include: Yoga Meditation Society will organize “108 Surya Namashkar” at the National Council of Indian Culture’s (NCIC) Divali Nagar on Thursday June 15 (Corpus Christi, a public holiday); yoga awareness campaign by schools from June 17 to 26; yoga exercise at the Board Walk in Chaguaramas on June 18; and yoga fest at Divali Nagar on Sunday June 25, from 9.30.a.m

Dey said that this year’s programme is organized by the High Commission of India with the United Nations, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the International Day of Yoga Committee.

Dey recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2024 urged the world community to adopt an International Day of Yoga as, “yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition”.

“In essence, yoga is a process of creating a body and mind that are stepping stones, not hurdles to an exuberant an fulfilling life,” Dey noted.

Dey added that yoga is essentially a path to liberation from all bondage. “Medical research in recent years has uncovered many physical and mental benefits that yoga offers, corroborating the experiences of millions of practitioners.”