Buenos Aires Hours | Embassy of India leads International Yoga Day celebrations

The Indian Embassy in Argentina hosted a series of celebrations and commemorative events last week to mark International Yoga Day (June 21), raising awareness of the benefits of the ancient practice both offline and online. line.

The main celebration took place last Sunday, with an event featuring art, music and dance performances broadcast live from the Indian Embassy. There was also a unique live broadcast from Boca Juniors famous La Bombonera stadium, where yoga fans showed off their moves from the club’s field. Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia participated in the celebrations, highlighting during the broadcast the benefits of yoga and its importance to many during the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the Embassy hosted a number of online sessions, discussions, activities and celebrations during the week leading up to International Yoga Day, all of which were recorded and can be replayed at any time. moment via www.diadelyoga.com.ar and the embassy’s social media accounts, such as Facebook and YouTube.

Yoga is an ancient practice that has its origins in India. For many, it is a valuable tool against stress, anxiety, and for controlling emotions. During the coronavirus pandemic, art has become even more crucial – for tens of thousands of Argentines, it has become an ideal ally against isolation, as it can be easily practiced at home, as well as at home. outdoors, alone or in a group.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led the celebrations in India, described yoga as “an invaluable gift from ancient Indian tradition” and praised its positive impact.

“He embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and development; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and wellness. It is not about exercising, but discovering the meaning of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.

Yoga is now such a global phenomenon that in 2014, the 193 members of the United Nations, and with the consensus of 177 cosponsoring countries, approved a proposal to declare June 21 “International Yoga Day”. Since then, massive practices have taken place around the world every year in more than 190 countries, with India being the main center of the celebrations.

– TIME

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