International Yoga day to be observed in Bhutan
The first international day of yoga will be also celebrated in Bhutan today at the multi-purpose hall of the Royal Institute of Management in Simtokha. The Indian Embassy in Thimphu in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Management is holding this mega yoga session. It was announced at a press conference last Thursday.
It is said that the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will also practice Yoga postures as he will be the chief guest to launch this session.
During the press conference Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale said “We anticipate the presence of 500 participants at this mega yoga session and participants including students from Thimphu schools and two colleges, and yoga enthusiasts and practitioners”. The yoga session is expected to last between 30 to 40 minutes, he added.
He said that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested to the United Nations General Assembly last year that an International Day of Yoga be observed every June 21 and that the proposal was adopted in December.
The ambassador pointed out that of 193 member states, 177, including both Bhutan and India, had co-sponsored the resolution. “That is a record of sorts,” he said.
He said that not only in Thimphu but also in Phuentsholing will be holding a yoga session at the Royal Institute of Strategies Studies auditorium from 4pm to 7pm onwards starting today.
The ambassador Gautam Bambawale also added that the Indian embassy is willing to bring in more yoga teachers to provide yoga sessions in schools not just in Thimphu but also in other dzongkhags.
In the meanwhile he also shared benefits of yoga that it will improve health, develops concentration and focus, among other, but he emphasized it is an individual choice to determine if yoga is useful. “It’s a totally personal decision,” he said. “If the schools do want to continue this, we will be very happy to help them in continuing it, through our yoga teachers, and we’re willing to bring in more yoga teachers into Bhutan, for this purpose, if it is necessary,” he said.
Participants will be expected to attend the yoga session in loose clothing.
The ambassador is optimistic that he hopes to encourage more people in this mega yoga practice and by 2016 it would attract every individual in Bhutan.
Yoga is very good exercise practiced worldwide, it is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated from India. The word “yoga” means to join or unite and symbolizing union of body and consciousness.