Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Indian High Commission: Yoga can unite the world

Indian High Commissioner, H.E. Bishwadip Dey, said yoga has the power to unite the world. 

Speaking at an event in June ahead of the International Day of Yoga, celebrated on June 21, 2018, Dey said that yoga, an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice, is a Sanskrit word which means to join or unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness. 

"In keeping with the Government of India's motto 'Vasudhiva Kutumbakum' (meaning) the Whole World is One Family, yoga is that tool which works towards unifying the word by promoting fraternity, harmony, holistic well-being and overall peace," he said.

 

The concept of the International Day of Yoga was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014.   On June 21, 2015, the UN formally recognised World Yoga Day for the first time.

The theme for the 2018 celebration of International Yoga Day is 'Yoga for Health'. Organisers believe that this approach to health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to the quest for sustainable development and help move toward a healthier lifestyle. 

The High Commission of India currently supports the teaching of yoga at several schools including:

- St Clement Vedic School, San Fernando

- ASJA Girls College, San Fernando

- Chinmaya Mission Schools, Debe Couva

- SWAHA Hindu Collage, Sangre Grande

- Dayanand Memorial Primary School, Penal

The High Commission of India said this is being done to spread awareness yoga's many health benefits. 

Scholarships are also available to Trinidad and Tobago citizens for the study of yoga through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC).

For more information visit the Indian High Commission's website online: www.hcipos.in

 

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