Indian Consul-General Dinesh Bhatia is seen speaking about the International Yoga Day. Seating behind him (from left: Satish Thakkar, chair of the Board of International Yoga Day and Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai.
Indian Consul-General Dinesh Bhatia is seen speaking about the International Yoga Day. Seating behind him (from left: Satish Thakkar, chair of the Board of International Yoga Day and Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai.

Toronto: Organizers are expecting by far the largest participation – over 10,000 people – at the International Day of Yoga to be celebrated in Toronto on June 25, with well known yoga teacher, Guru Ramdev, leading the celebrations.

He will lead the yoga practice in the morning. Sister Shivani, an Indian spiritual teacher, with a significant global following, will lead a Raj Yoga meditation session, in the evening.

“International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga,” Indian Consul General Dinesh Bhatia said, who’s Chief Honorary Patron and Head of the Advisory Board of the International Yoga Day (IYD). “Yoga is not just about exercise. It is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

“The 2017 International Yoga Day celebrations are coinciding with Canada’s 150th birthday (which’s July 1). Through our program we want to take the benefits of yoga to all Canadians to promote wellness and build a healthier and happier Canadian society,” said Satish Thakkar, Chair of the Board of Directors, IYD.

“It is widely acknowledged that yoga has a positive impact on health and therefore healthcare yoga enhances produc tivity and contributes positively to the economy. It can also directly contribute to the nation’s happiness and creativity,” he noted.

The Advisory Board also comprises of mayors of three Canadian cities: Mayor of city of Brampton Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti, and the Mayor of Richmond Hill Dave Barrow.

Institutions that are also collaborating include the Patanjali Yogapeeth, the Art of Living, BKS Iyengar Yoga, Brahma Kumaris, Sivananda Yoga, etc.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the resolution in the United Nations General Assembly when it was adopted in 2015. “Yoga is not just about exercise. It is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature,” Modi then stated.

The International Day of Yoga on June 25 will be held at the International Centre in suburban Mississauga, which’s located close to Toronto International Airport.

(Ajit Jain can be contacted at ajit.jain0410@gmail.com)

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