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India marks International Day of Yoga

By Sanjay Kumar

Published : June 25, 2024 - 11:39

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Indian Ambassador to Korea Amit Kumar, delivers remarks at 10th International Day of Yoga in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Saturday. (Indian Embassy in Seoul) Indian Ambassador to Korea Amit Kumar, delivers remarks at 10th International Day of Yoga in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Saturday. (Indian Embassy in Seoul)

The Indian Embassy in Seoul celebrated the 10th International Day of Yoga on Saturday.

The United Nations General Assembly designated June 21 as the International Day of Yoga through resolution 69/131, with the support of 175 member states in 2014.

This year’s theme, "Yoga for Self and Society," underscored the dual benefits of yoga for individual well-being and community harmony.

"Yoga, ancient Indian heritage, has transcended geographical, cultural and temporal boundaries, touching the lives of millions around the world, attesting to its timeless wisdom and relevance," said Indian Ambassador to Korea Amit Kumar, delivering his remarks at the event.

Attendees practice Yoga at International Day of Yoga organized by Indian Embassy in Seoul in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Saturday.(Indian Embassy in Seoul) Attendees practice Yoga at International Day of Yoga organized by Indian Embassy in Seoul in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Saturday.(Indian Embassy in Seoul)

According to the embassy, yoga's origins trace back approximately 3,000 years, with its principles codified in the "Yoga Sutras" by Hindu sage Patanjali around 200 BC.

Patanjali, known as the father of modern yoga, wrote the "Yoga Sutras," a collection of Sanskrit aphorisms on the theory and practices of ancient yoga.

"Regular practice of yoga improves flexibility, strength and balance. It also fosters self-awareness and emotional resilience," Kumar explained.

"I learned and gained a lot while participating, I want to do it more passionately," said a man in his 30s who attended a yoga session for the first time in his life that day.

Attendees practice Yoga at International Day of Yoga organized by Indian Embassy in Seoul in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Saturday.(Indian Embassy in Seoul) Attendees practice Yoga at International Day of Yoga organized by Indian Embassy in Seoul in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Saturday.(Indian Embassy in Seoul)

The event showcased yoga demonstrations and meditation sessions led by instructors.

"We all seemed to gain energy from doing yoga outdoors and had a fun time," said a yoga practitioner in her 20s.

"Even though it was raining, practicing yoga outdoors, touching the grass, and doing Suryanamaskar, I felt a change in my heart," said another practitioner.

Experts say that yoga practitioners are typically motivated to practice yoga daily, with the specific forms and techniques chosen based on one's personal preferences.

Attendees practice Yoga at International Day of Yoga organized by Indian Embassy in Seoul in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Saturday.(Indian Embassy in Seoul) Attendees practice Yoga at International Day of Yoga organized by Indian Embassy in Seoul in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on Saturday.(Indian Embassy in Seoul)

Around 30 booths were set up by local yoga organizations that provided resources on practicing yoga to attendees, said the embassy in a press release Monday.

The embassy's booth showcased yoga as a cultural bridge between India and Korea and the practice as a unifying force.

Earlier this month, the embassy organized events across South Korea, such as on Nami Island and Jeju Island, as well as in Seoul, Miryang and Busan, as part of the International Day of Yoga celebrations.