Indian Embassy celebrates 8th International Day of Yoga

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KUWAIT CITY, June 21: Embassy of India, Kuwait celebrated the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) at the iconic Red sandstone building of the Embassy on June 21. In his inaugural address, the Ambassador of India to Kuwait, HE Sibi George highlighted the importance of Yoga saying this is a product of Indian civilization and is an invaluable gift of ancient India to the world. Yoga is not a religion, he said, calling it “a way of life for a healthy mind in a healthy body.” Yoga does not discriminate; all people can practice it; regardless of their strength, age or ability.

Physical participation of more than 500 people from different walks of life. (inset) Ambassador of India to Kuwait, HE Sibi George speaking at the event

Yoga has the innate power to connect people and societies, and emphasized that Yoga transcends boundaries and brings everyone together and in its true essence as a unifying force, he said. Ambassador said that the main IDY 2022 event was held at Mysore in Karnataka, India, led by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister was quoted as saying, “Yoga brings peace for us. The peace from Yoga is not merely for individuals. Yoga brings peace to our society. Yoga brings peace to our nations and Yoga brings peace to our universe”. The celebrations in Kuwait were part of ‘The Guardian Ring’ program of the Government of India which was a relay Yoga streaming event which captured and weaved together digital feeds of IDY programs organized by Indian missions/embassies abroad. It showcased the IDY celebrations in 75 countries from East to West, with the movement of the Sun, covering 16 time zones.

Ambassador of India to Kuwait, H.E. Sibi George participates in Yoga session

The embassy had been organizing various events, online and offline, in the run up to the IDY since last two months which included regular Yoga classes and sessions. During today’s celebrations, a Yoga Session was held including Natya and Hatha Yoga followed by a session of Common Yoga Protocol, which was telecasted live all over the world and live performance of Kalaripayattu-the ancient martial art form of India.

During the event, the Ambassador launched the special edition of Ayush Bulletin and also inaugurated a Herbal Plants Exhibition, displaying the medicines from Indian Home Gardens and an Ayurveda Exhibition showcasing the daily Indian spices and herbs and a Tea Tasting Event, bringing to Kuwait the aroma of Indian tea. The event witnessed enthusiastic response with physical participation of more than 500 people from different walks of life including foreign diplomats, persons from the media fraternity, Indian Diaspora and friends of India in Kuwait. More details of the event visit the website and social media handles of the embassy.