International Day of Yoga celebrations held on a grand scale at Independence Square

High Commission of India



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International Day of Yoga celebrations held on a grand scale at Independence Square

The 5th International Day of Yoga was celebrated at the iconic Independence Square on Saturday 15th June 2019. High Commission of India organized the mega event with the gracious presence of Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine, Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms and Hon. Palani Digambaran, Minister of Upcountry New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development as the Guests of Honour with the esteemed presence of High Commissioner of India H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Hundreds of yoga enthusiasts from all over Sri Lanka also participated in the event.

Addressing the gathering H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka noted that Yoga is an important pillar of the shared common heritage between India and Sri Lanka. He spoke about the strong connections between Yoga and Buddhist philosophy and stated that Yoga is a unifying force which can bring peace and harmony not only to our bodies and minds but to our societies.

Experts from   eminent Yoga institutes of Sri Lanka such as Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Ram Krishna Mission, Astanka Yoga Mandir, Sethsada Yoga, Hatha Yoga Centre,KriyaBabaji Yoga Aranyam, Dhamya Yoga, Institute of Human Excellence, Brahma Kumari Raja Yoga Centre, The Art of Living, My Yoga Lounge, SakthiAnand Yoga School (Batticaloa), AdhiYogam, ArogyaAnahataYoga,SamskrutiPatanjali Yoga Centre and Rhythmic Yoga conducted a refreshing session of  Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation followed by advance Yoga demonstrations. The event was organized in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of Sri Lanka and Tata Motors Ltd. Sri Lanka. 

A series of events are being organised in the month of June by Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre to celebrate the International Day of Yoga which falls on 21st June of every year. These includea yoga programme held in coordination with WHO for World Health Day, Yoga for Peace programmeheld at the KelaniyaMahaVihara, and Yoga for Unity held at Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka, a Yoga &Dance programmeheld at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre.  Yoga as Therapy at the Apekshya Cancer Hospital and Island wide Yoga Asana Championship will be held at the Swami Vivekandanda Cultural Centre.

A unique #idoyoga challenge on social media is also gaining popularity among the youth in Sri Lanka. 

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June 15, 2019 

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