Indian Embassy celebrates 8th International Day of Yoga in the capital

The celebrations of the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) at the Clock Tower Square in Thimphu

The theme of the 8th International Day of Yoga is ‘Yoga for Humanity’

STAFF REPORTER

Thimphu

In collaboration with Bhutanese friends and fellow Indians, the Embassy of India organized the main event of the celebrations of the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) at the Clock Tower Square, Thimphu on 21 June.

The press release from the Indian Embassy states that the Yoga Session on the 8th IDY was conducted by Shri KVSSN Murthy, Yoga Guru of the Culture Centre of the Embassy of India from 8 am onwards. Different Yoga Asanas and Yoga postures of the common Yoga protocol were demonstrated by Shri Murthy and followed by almost 300 individual Yoga participants from all quarters of the capital city.

The IDY participants included Bhutanese Yoga teachers and their students, local Yoga practitioners, Indian nationals’ resident in Thimphu and members of IMTRAT, Druk Punjab National Bank and Project Dantak (BRO) Headquarters, according to the Embassy.

Speaking at the event, Indian Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj mentioned that ancient Indian scriptures stating about “efficiency in action is Yoga”.

She added that over a billion people across the globe see Yoga as an enhancer of their physical, mental, spiritual and intellectual wellbeing.

Resident Representative of UNDP Bhutan, Azusa Kubota stated that she is a fan and believer in the ancient Indian practice of Yoga.

Meanwhile, the Ambassador distributed prizes to the winners of the Embassy of India’s IDY Jingle competition and to the winning students of the Yoga competition held at Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School. The Ambassador also gave away the prizes to the winners of the IDY 2022 jingle competition as well.

The theme of the 8th International Day of Yoga is ‘Yoga for Humanity’ and the Embassy had held a curtain raiser event of IDY at the Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School followed by another Yoga session at the RENEW-Gawaling Happy Home, Wangsisina on 9 June 2022.

Following the passage of the UN General Assembly resolution, which was adopted by acclamation in December 2014 with a record number of 177 co-sponsoring member states including Bhutan, 21 June is celebrated as the International Day of Yoga every year.