First International Yoga Day
As per United Nations General Assembly, on the 11th of December 2014 it was declared that the 21st of June will be the International Yoga Day.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set up to promote alternative therapies like yoga and traditional ayurveda medicine. Also India wants to expand their presence in the estimated $100 billion global market for alternative medicine.
Millions of yoga enthusiasts stretched and twisted in union across India and globally to celebrate the first International Yoga Day. Also Modi took his mat and spread it – including his cabinet members and foreign diplomats – at New Delhi’s main thoroughfare. Celebrations in India are estimated to cost around 300m rupees, or $4.72m.
That beautiful Sunday (at least here in Barcelona it was sunny) turned into an amazing experience for those who have been practicing yoga for long time and also for those that had never done it before and decided to give it a try. Thousands of people in white sat on their mats under the Eiffel Tower, and similar events were held in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Beijing, Manila and other places.
“We are not only celebrating a day, but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace and harmony,” Modi told participants. “This is a program for the benefit of mankind, for a tension-free world and to spread the message of harmony.”
In Taipei, more than 2,000 participants rolled out mats and performed 108 rounds of the “sun salutation” – the sequence of poses often practiced at the beginning of a routine as the sun rises.
In Dubai, a 41 year-old Indian man attempted the world’s longest headstand. Ivan Stanley, who has lived in Dubai for 15 year, held the position for 61 minutes. He registered his attempt with Guinness World Record, which has yet to announce if he broke the record.
Although the message Modi wanted to transmit was of peace and harmony, many in India were concerned that the push for yoga was an attempt by Hindu groups to give a boost to Hinduism. That quite upset some Christian groups who said that the mass yoga sessions were held at a time when they usually attend Sunday mass. There is always people agains anything new or giving an option to other alternatives, or stubborn mentality people who just can’t accept changes.
International Yoga Day website: http://idayofyoga.org/
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