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9th International Day of Yoga

Posted on: June 20, 2023 | Back | Print

The Consulate General of India, Chicago, organized its main event at Chicago’s iconic lakefront in Navy Pier to commemorate the 9th International Day of Yoga (IDY 2023) on Sunday, 18 June 2023 Morning.  Well over 300 Yoga enthusiasts participated in the proceedings. 
Consul General Somnath Ghosh delivered the inaugural remarks, which was followed by the performance of the Common Yoga Protocol.  Addressing the participants on IYD 2023 theme “Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, CG explained the importance of Yoga as India’s gift to humanity and how it is today a heritage of all mankind belonging to everyone irrespective of the sect, religion or country. He said Yoga is not only for physical fitness or mental well-being, it is a holistic way of life consistent with sustainable environment.  He acknowledged the efforts of Yoga organisations and the Indian- American community to popularize yoga.  He also recognized people and organization in Midwest region which helped commemorate the 9th IDY.
The session of Common Yoga Protocol was conducted by eminent Yoga instructors Ms. Anu Malhotra, Ms. Mara Zimmerman, Ms. Saba Haider and Mr. Yash Choudhary.  
The Polk Bros Park in Navy Pier took a festive look, as enthusiastic Yoga practitioners practiced yoga under a perfect blue sky on the grassy lawns right on the bank of Michigan lake. The event was supported and joined by the State Bank of India, Chicago and organisations like Art of Living, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Sewa International, Brahmakumaris, Isha Foundations, Federation of Indian Associations, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Indian Community Niles Township, Each Life is Precious, Yogapathic,etc. 
The Consulate organised a photographic contest to commemorate the 9th International Day of Yoga.  Contestants shared photographs capturing the essence of Yoga through photographs while performing Yoga postures taken at iconic locations.  Consul General gave away certificates to honour the contestants.