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Celebration of 4th International Day of Yoga 2018

New York

16th June, 2018

Press Release

Celebration of International Day of Yoga 2018 in New York

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

2. It was on 11 December 2014, 193 members of the UNGA approved the proposal by consensus, with a record of 177 countries thus establishing 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.

3. 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’.

4. The historic setting of the event in many ways exemplified the eternal values of yoga. Governors 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.

5. 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. 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.

6. 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.

7. The Consulate would like to place on record its appreciation for the following partners and sponsors for supporting the event:

  • 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
  • Bhakti Centre

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