Bengaluru, June 21: To cherish India's heritage and good health, The Art of Living celebrated third International Yoga Day (IDY) in 108 nations with a message- Yoga is not just limited to one religion or one country, it`s for all and treasure of good health.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has personally lead yoga and meditation session for over 100,000 people in Himachal Pradesh. In the previous IDYs, he conducted similar sessions in the United Nations and the European Parliament.
The highlight of the Art of Living’s massive IDY celebrations this year would be inmates from 21 prisons across the country joining in. Guided by over 25,000 trained Yoga teachers, yoga enthusiasts from across the globe practiced in mega event organized by the Art of Living.
“Yoga is a complete science. It unites the mind, body, spirit and the universe. Yoga can totally transform one’s behavior, thinking and attitudes in ways unimaginable and catalyze the full blossoming of human potential," says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living.
“The International Day of Yoga is a big moment for us. We have been teaching authentic and comprehensive yoga for the last 36 years all over the world. That we are having so many events in so many countries proves that yoga is truly universal," says Kamlesh Barwal, Global Head, Sri Sri Yoga.
In the run-up to the grand celebrations in India, the Art of Living has been gifting the wisdom of yoga to people from all walks of life in a month-long drive. The organization has already touched the lives of 5,00,000 inmates in 45 countries with yoga-based stress management and rehabilitation programs.
Last year, more than 50 million people participated in the events across the world. This year, a higher number of people will roll out their yoga mats to mark the occasion which has found resonance all over the world. The Art of Living instructors will also be leading the Protocol for interested organizations across the globe.
Meanwhile, International Yoga Day is being celebrated world-wide. From New Delhi to New York and Paris to Panama, Yoga Day celebrations are taking place as about 5,000 events are being held across 180 countries to mark the day.
Prime Minister Modi, in his address to United Nations Assembly on September 27, 2014, had call for observing Yoga day at international-level. Later, within short span of three months, 194 member nations of the UN Assembly approved of this proposal with majority on December 11, 2014.