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India Tourism and High Commission of India bring a sense of calm and wellbeing to London on International Day of Yoga 2015

Hundreds of yoga enthusiasts took over London’s Southbank yesterday, attending a series of free yoga classes hosted by India Tourism and the High Commission of India in celebration of International Day of Yoga.

With classes suitable for all abilities and ages, the day provided yoga sessions taught by some of the yoga-world’s most inspirational instructors, starting with a short Hatha (breathing) yoga class and family yoga class by the British Wheel of Yoga, an iMeditate session with Art of Living before finishing with a yoga class by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.

Mr Ranjan Mathai, India High Commissioner to the UK said, “With the British Wheel of Yoga as our partner, the High Commission of India launched celebrations to mark International Day of Yoga on June 21.  

This is one of at least 35 major events taking place across the UK and we are thrilled that yoga will now be seen by millions more in the UK, beyond the millions who already benefit from it.   This gift from India will now become universal.”

Plans for an International Day of Yoga began in 2014, after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the adoption of 21 June (also marking the Summer Solstice) as a day to celebrate and recognise the invaluable gift this ancient Indian tradition has upon the mind and body. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline that not only tones the outer and inner body through the circulation of blood to organs and muscle, but also relaxes the mind through breathing techniques.

Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi had said, "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

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