Monday, June 19, 2017

Indian diplomats lead pre-Yoga Day sessions held across the globe; Yoga lights up at UN

INDIAN embassy in Washington DC releases this photo of Ambassador Navtej Sarna participating in a Yoga session ahead of the International Day of Yoga on June 21. In a Twitter post, the embassy then quotes this 1980 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer as saying: “Healthy individuals lead to healthy societies and thereby global peace”. Hundreds of people practised Yoga at the historic National Mall. Sarna is also an author with the novel…
“The Exile” and story collection “winter evenings” to his kitty. 
In the run-up to the Wednesday’s big Yoga day, Indian diplomats located around the world have joined thousands of Yoga enthusiasts to perform various asanas. The Indian missions have organized those pre-Yoga Day events.  
Meanwhile, India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin have posted a couple of photos, the first one with this caption: “Yoga lights up @UN. Here's a sneak peek of the iconic UN Headquarters building being lit up like never before for International Day of Yoga”. He then tweeted yet another photo — this one with someone seen only from the backside. “Yoga lights up @UN. Guess who switched the illumination lights to commemorate Yoga Day celebrations?”. No prize for guessing! It was cine actor Anupam Kher who illuminated the United Nations building. 
On Sunday -- the day India and Pakistan cricket team clashed in London for the ICC Champions Trophy which was eventually won by Pakistan -- Indian High Commission in Pakistan celebrated the International Day of Yoga with attendance of a large number of Yoga enthusiasts. The Yoga session was led by Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and 1984 batch Indian Foreign Service officer Gautam Bambawale.
Yoga sessions were also held in Tokyo on Sunday. India’s ambassador to Japan Sujan Chinoy posted a news clipping in a social media site. “The Japan News of 19 June 2017 carries front page report on #InternationalYogaDay event held at Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo. Read on!”
On Sunday, Yoga was also celebrated in Millennium Wheel, often knows as London Eye. It’s a giant wheel located on the south bank of the river Thames in the heart of London city.
Meanwhile, Chinese Yoga enthusiasts too participated in pre-Yoga Day sessions in various Chinese cities. According to reports, about 100 Chinese participated at a Yoga session in Wenzhou, which has become the sixth Chinese city to celebrate Yoga.

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