Yoga posture beamed onto United Nations building in NY ahead of celebration


21 June, 2016

Several striking images of complex yoga postures on Monday illuminated the United Nations headquarters here as the world body geared up to host the second International Yoga Day tomorrow to celebrate the ancient Indian spiritual discipline.

She detailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message behind the organisation of this day and also explained that Yoga, a holistic system of wellness, sought to integrate the mind, body and the breath. One of the images projected showed a woman doing the "Parvatasana" or the "inverted V' posture". India has more than 7,500 peacekeepers in various missions. The event will be attended by General Assembly President Morgens Lykketoft, Under-secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach and Isha Foundation founder and spiritual leader Jaggi Sadhguru, who will lead a simple Yoga practice. The event will include a musical incantation on yoga and British singer Tanya Wells will recite Sanskrit shlokas.

A contingent comprising 350 personnel from SSB, 225 each from BSF and CRPF, 100 from ITBP and 50 each from RPF and CISF will take part in the International Yoga Day event tomorrow.

Our Jalukbari correspondent adds: The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has been designated as the nodal force for participation of Central Armed Police Forces in the International Yoga Day function in Guwahati in coordination with the State administration. Ambassadors and diplomats from various countries will also share their own experiences of how Yoga has influenced their life styles. "So it should not been seen on the basis of religion, but on the basis of humanity", Singh said.

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The Yoga postures, the pictures suggest, could be seen from far off places in the U.S. city of NY.

For the commemoration, the Consulate has partnered with more than 25 associations.

The Government's efforts to put yoga on the worldwide map notwithstanding, many organisations are not doing enough to push this art among its employees, an ICICI Lombard Survey has revealed. He recalled that after taking over as Prime Minister on 26th May 2014, exactly after four months on September 27, 2014, Narendra Modi, while addressing the 69th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), put forward the proposal to adopt an International Yoga Day and, in less than three months, on December 11, 2014, in a historic decision, out of 193 members of UNGA, a record 177 unanimously passed a resolution to observe 21st June as International Day of Yoga.

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