Over 3,000 individuals unfold their mats on the iconic Times Square and carried out Yoga asanas maintaining in thoughts social distancing pointers to have fun the International Yoga Day as the town opens up following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Consulate General of India, New York in partnership with Times Square Alliance hosted the seventh International Day of Yoga celebrations on Sunday on the standard metropolis vacation spot, generally known as the crossroads of the world. The day-long celebration themed as Solstice Event was attended by greater than 3000 individuals.
The International Yoga day is commemorated with a lot enthusiasm and fanfare at Times Square yearly. As the town opened up following the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals turned out in large numbers for the day-long celebration that included yoga, meditation and train classes by famend yoga practitioners.
With Yoga mats unfold out maintaining in thoughts social distancing pointers, individuals from varied walks of life and nationalities carried out Yoga asanas and workouts in the midst of Times Square, surrounded by its distinctive big and towering LED screens as individuals and vacationers stopped to look and take part within the commemoration.
“While we celebrate Yoga in various parts of the world, celebrating yoga here in Times Square is very special, very unique. More importantly, yoga is a universal idea and universal thought, a universal action. And what better place than Times Square to celebrate a universal thought. This is the crossroads of the world,” India’s Consul General Randhir Jaiswal stated in his deal with to the Yoga Day celebrations right here.
Mr Jaiswal, joined by Deputy Consul General Shatrughna Sinha and senior officers from the Consulate, in addition to members of the Indian diaspora, additionally participated within the yoga classes carried out in the course of the commemoration. Leading Yoga teacher Ruchika Lal led a Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation session in the course of the day.
“Yoga is about health, but it’s also about a lifestyle. Yoga has various interpretations, dimensions – spirituality, health and philosophy. We must celebrate yoga today, tomorrow and for all times.
“Yoga is about well being. Yoga is about dwelling in concord with nature. Yoga is about unity and togetherness. That is what Times Square represents. And most vital of all, yoga allows you to expertise the human self within the deepest kind,” Mr Jaiswal stated.
In maintaining with this yr’s theme ‘Yoga for Wellness”, the occasion showcased holistic well being, Ayurvedic and nature based mostly wellness merchandise from Tribes India (TRIFED) and different Indian corporations. The stalls attracted a lot of guests, who have been wanting to be taught in regards to the uniqueness of Indian tribal, Ayurvedic and pure merchandise, the Consulate stated.
In the run-up to the International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21, the Consulate General in New York, in partnership with Friends of Yoga, had organised a number of digital and in-person yoga occasions and classes all through the month throughout New York and neighboring states equivalent to New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The International Day of Yoga was additionally celebrated in New Jersey on the Liberty State Park with the Statue of Liberty within the background. This was a neighborhood led occasion anchored by the Federation of Indian Associations the place famend yoga teacher Thara Natalie led the yoga session.
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