In­ter­na­tional Yoga day to be ob­served in Bhutan

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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.

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