International Day of Yoga 2022: British Indians embrace Yoga for Humanity theme

International Day of Yoga 2022: British Indians embrace Yoga for Humanity theme

For International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2022, iGlobal celebrates the truly global phenomenon that is Yoga.

IDY 2022 is the 8th edition of the International Day of Yoga since the United Nations General Assembly recognised June 21 as the International Day of Yoga at the initiative of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.

Yoga is India’s gift to the world, which has proven benefits of holistic wellness for mind and body. Keeping in mind the global turmoil that the world continues to face, PM Modi has announced the theme of this year’s International Day of Yoga to be “Yoga for Humanity”. In India, the main event of the IDY 2022 demonstration is being held at Mysuru, Karnataka, led by the PM.

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Meanwhile, echoes of this special day resonate around the world, not least with the British Indian diaspora across different parts of the United Kingdom.

The UK has already been gearing up for this day with Yoga Mahotsav, 100 days before IDY 2022, along with the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. And, with the sun shining, Yogathons, Sun Salutation Challenges and much more have marked this year’s IDY 2022 celebrations.

Consulate General of India, Birmingham has organised a grand and month-long program across North and Midlands, Celebrating 8th International Yoga Day 2022. The curtain raiser of these celebrations was organised in Leeds on June 11 in association with the University of Leeds.

Amazing sessions on a beautiful summer morning took place at the Media City, UK, Salford, in association with the Indian Association Manchester over the weekend.

Enthusiastic members of the British Organisation for People of Asian origin in Coventry celebrated the occasion in front of the Romantic Canal Basin of Coventry.

The Brahma Kumaris UK community members of Leicester, in association with CGI Birmingham, presented a session of Yoga Asanas at the Harmony Hall, Leicester, on June 12, celebrating ‘Yoga for Humanity’.

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The Nehru Centre, London, had started a unique concept of 30 minutes virtual sessions of ‘Lunchtime Yoga’ in association with various Yoga Institutes in the UK for six weeks in a run-up to the IDY 2022. Renowned organisations like The Art of Living, UK, Iyengar Yoga, and SRMD Yoga have joined this initiative.

This has now culminated into the main on-site event on Yoga Day, June 21. The event will host SRMD Yoga, UK (Srimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur) practioner Atmarpit Shraddha who will conduct Yoga and a guided meditation session. The event is free to register for anyone living in the UK.

The High Commission of India, London organised a special curtain raiser community Yoga event, attended by hundreds, at Holland Park in London last week. The event also witnessed Yoga presentations and talks by Isha Foundation and Patanjali Yog Peeth Trust. It’s grand event will be held at London’s BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir – popularly known as Neasden Temple – on Yoga Day.

Healing our Earth organised a global online session – International Yoga Day Special for Mind, Body and Soul, over the weekend. Businessman and Yoga practitioner Himanshu Mehta from India, Mathew Earl and Sister Jayanti from the Brahma Kumaris UK took part in the event.

Dr Rajeev Gupta, NHS Doctor and Chairman of the Regional Council of BMA and the chief medical advisor for Patanjali UK, delivered a talk on ‘Yoga, the gateway to health’.

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He said: “Yoga is a way of life which certainly contributes to the health and happiness, so why not use it in daily life”.

The six-hour event was also joined by other Yoga practitioners and activists like Sam Poddar from Scotland, Uma Bhalla from Canada, Ashutosh Singh from Japan, and Libby Edson from the US.

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