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By Adam Rizvi, Copy Edited by Shafaat Khan, Washington.DC. , TIO: as per press release
The 6th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated with the theme, “Yoga At Home and Yoga with Family” on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 8:30 AM at the Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, DC. The IDY 2020 was organized in partnership with Friends of Yoga and several organizations supporting Yoga in the United States.
The programme started with playing of the video message from Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga. In his message, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said, “World is fighting a pandemic of monumental scale but yoga provides multi-dimensional solutions to the multiple challenges Covid-19 has brought”. He said, “Yoga offers something for everyone. It enables strong mind and health body”.
Welcoming the participants joining the celebration online, Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu highlighted the unifying force of Yoga, its immense benefits and how the International Day of Yoga has become part of the global calendar. In these testing times, he said, “World needs Yoga and meditation more than ever”.
As part of the IDY celebrations, a common Yoga protocol session was conducted. Ambassador Sandhu along with Embassy officials followed the session in person while a large number of participants across U.S. joined it through Embassy’s social media channels on Facebook and YouTube.
In the run-up to IDY 2020, the Embassy had organized several online curtain raiser events in collaboration with Yoga organizations and studios, and Yoga enthusiasts across the U.S.
Watch the recording of the live event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEY3s04ffYc
June 20, 2020
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