Celebration of International Day of Yoga-2021 in St Kitts and Nevis
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Celebration of International Day of Yoga-2021 in St. Kitts and Nevis

The Government of India has been celebrating the International Day of Yoga across the world on 21 st June every year since 2015. In December 2014 , India’s proposal under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi was adopted as a United Nations General Assembly resolution sponsored by 177 member nations out o f the total 193 members of the UNGA , to unanimously proclaim 21st June, the longest day in the northern-hemisphere, as the International Day of Yoga.

High Commission of India in Guyana has been celebrating the International Day of Yoga every year since 2015 in a befitting manner. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic this event was organized virtually last year. On the occasion of 7 th International Day of Yoga, High Commission of India with the cooperation of Indian community in St Kitts and Nevis organized an event at Imagine Yoga and Sound Studio in St Kitts . Despite the current lockdown, Dale Amory, owner of the studio, joined by Cara Diskin of Yoga Divine and Natalia Esposito of Anahata Soul Temple, facilitated the event and conducting the Yoga session during the event. Making this year’s theme “Yoga for Wellness” and aptly titled “Be with YOGA, be at HOME” in real practice, a significant number of people from St Kitts and Nevis and from abroad joined the event remotely to practice the yoga asanas and to relax during the sound meditation.

In his opening remarks virtually, H.E. Dr. K.J. Srinivasa, High Commissioner of India to Guyana said that it is a fact that in these testing times of COVID-19 pandemic, millions across the world have sought benefit from Yoga, Ayurveda, etc. Ayurveda is the science of well-being, herbs and medicines which is also 1000s of years old. In many countries, practicing Yoga has helped people to find solace from the isolation forced upon them due to the COVID-19 restrictions and has helped them deal with mental illnesses like depression while keeping them physically fit. High Commissioner urged all to continue to do Yoga and encourage family and friends to start this healthy practice.

Many messages of gratitude were received from participants who hope to carry on their Yoga practice as they experienced the many benefits of yoga. Many The dignitaries in their messages emphasized the importance of Yoga and its relevance in the present testing times of COVID-19 pandemic. This was followed by performance of Asanas as per Common Yoga Protocol by all the invitees present at the event under the guidance of yoga instructor Josh Romney.

Yoga is a system of holistic living, having the roots in Indian tradition and culture. Yoga has transcended the barrier of race, religion and culture and has become a global movement. Yoga is essentially a mental and physical discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science for healthy living.