FIA to Host Virtual Yoga Event to Observe International Day of Yoga

FIA to Host Virtual Yoga Event to Observe International Day of Yoga

The Federation of Indian Associations of NY-NJ-CT (FIA-Tri-state) is calling yoga enthusiasts as well as novices of all age groups to attend their virtual celebration to commemorate the 6th annual International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2020. The event is held in association with the Consulate General of India in New York.

The virtual yoga event will begin at 9:00 a.m., with an address from FIA President Anil Bansal and Consul General of India in New York Sandeep Chakravorty.

The event will include four simultaneous yoga segments, taught by renowned yoga teachers. The sessions include Kids Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Intermediate Yoga and Pranayama and other styles of yoga. Each segment will have its own zoom id, which will be shared at the time of the event. Each segment will have its own instructor as well.

To register for the event, please email: info@fianynjct.org

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on June 21, 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states.The proposal was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly, in which he said: “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

The resolution notes: “The importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” In this regard, the World Health Organization has also urged its member states to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide, and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.

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