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Press Release on celebrations of Second International Day of Yoga in London

June 19, 2016

The High Commission of India and the Government of India Tourist Office in London, in collaboration with 14 British yoga institutions (British Wheel of Yoga, Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust, The Art of Living Foundation, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Brahma Kumaris, Isha Foundation, Datta Sahaj Yoga Mission UK, Heartfulness, Coolherbals, Chi Kri, The World Yoga Festival, Special Yoga Foundation, SKY Trust UK) organised International Day of Yoga at the Potters Fields Park (near Tower Bridge), London on 19 June (Sunday) from 0830 – 1730 hrs. The day-long event saw over 10,000 people from all walks of life participating in various yoga and meditation sessions.

Special messages for the occasion from the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, were screened at the event. Ms. Priti Patel, Member of Parliament and Minister of State for Employment and UK Prime Minister’s Indian Diaspora Champion, sent a message congratulating the Indian High Commission. Lord Ranbir Singh Suri and Member of Parliament Mr. Bob Blackman also attended the event and recognised Prime Minister Modi’s initiative of bringing Indian yoga to the world stage as never before.

Inaugurating the event, the High Commissioner of India to the UK, H.E. Navtej Sarna said – "it is by now acknowledged worldwide that Yoga has the advantage of being able to provide a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and is a perfect way towards harmony between man and nature. It is important, however, that Yoga is practised correctly and in a disciplined manner to tap into its full potential. Today, we have practitioners of the various forms of Yoga in almost every country of the world. In this event today, here at Potters Park, I welcome our partners to demonstrate by their example, Yoga in its correct form. I must emphasise, however, that the International Day of Yoga on 21 June is just a day to remind the world of India’s gift of yoga to the world, but it is for each individual to benefit from the practice of Yoga throughout the year, indeed throughout their lives.”

19 June 2016