Source: News Bharati English19 Jun 2017 15:50:28

Klang (Malaysia), June 19: Taking Yoga, the ancient Indian science of health & healing to the world, Malaysians celebrating International Yoga Day with great vigour. Like every year this year also the International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world, including in Malaysia, in a big way.

Yoga is not just exercise or asanas, Yoga means the union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. This art is more than 10,000 years old. This way of living that aims towards 'a healthy mind in a healthy body'. 21st June celebrated as international yoga day. To make common mass aware of Yoga benefits, Human Resource Development has taken several initiatives. The Mission has inspired various other Malaysian institutions also to celebrate the Yoga Day during the week of 18-25 June 2017 or as convenient to them in various Malaysian cities.

Malaysia has already witnessed huge gatherings of yoga enthusiasts in last two editions of Yoga Day in Malaysia in various cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor, Malacca, Kelantan, Kuching, Alor Setar, etc.

Similarly, this year too several Yoga programs are organised in Malaysia. Yoga has gained immense popularity in Malaysia over centuries. Hundreds of Malaysians from all races are participating in International Yoga Day. It was an early dawn preparation for underway for the 3rd International Yoga Day at Klang, Malaysia on Sunday.

The first event was organised by Global Organisation of Persons of India Origin (GOPIO) in association with High Commission of India at Klang, Selangor. The event was rushed in the way that the house was all filled with the people ready for practising yoga. Over 500 yoga enthusiasts participated in the event. The event was led by Khemchand Gupta, a Yoga Teacher at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Center (NSCBICC).

‘Natyasastram Visva Margam-The Global Path’, a Bharatnatyam Program will be organised by NSCBICC and Padma Nrithyalaya Arts, Negeri Sembilan. India’s legendary Bharatnatyam exponent Padmabhushan Dr Padma Subrahmanyam and her disciples performed Natyashstram Visva Margam at Shantanand Auditorium on Sunday.

Malaysia will be arranging some more events to mark the 3rd International day. On 21st June, Persukutuan Yogi Malaysia to take two yoga sessions that are a single day to mark with twice practising. In this event, students of several Tamil Schools are participating in Yoga Sessions. Separately, Hindu Sevai Sangam will also coordinate Yoga sessions at some schools.

On 2nd July 2017, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), The Art of Living Malaysia, Hindu Dharma Mahamandiram, Malaysia Urban Retreat Festival (MURFEST), IM4U and other associations are organising a major Yoga demonstration by inviting more than 5000 yoga enthusiasts at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. It will be their second event after registering more than 3000 yoga participants at last year’s Yoga Day.

Every year 21st June is celebrated as the International Day of Yoga after the United Nations passed a unanimous Resolution put forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. With the passing of the resolution, the United Nations recognises that Yoga provides a holistic approach to the health and well-being of an individual and the world is recognising the benefits of Yoga for humanity.

During his official visit to Malaysia in November 2015, PM released a bi-lingual book (Bahasha Malaysia and English) on Yoga, titled, ‘Yoga for Holistic Health’, authored by Ajay Kumar Sahoo, the then Yoga Teacher at NSCBICC, Kuala Lumpur.