Celebration of the 1st International Day of Yoga in Bhutan
The Embassy of India in Bhutan organized a Mega Yoga Session at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Royal Institute of Management in Semtokha to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga on the 21st June 2015. Over 500 people comprising children from selected schools, students from colleges, Yoga enthusiasts and practitioners, Indian Embassy Officials, members of the Indian community took part in the celebrations. Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay was the chief guest at the ceremony and was accompanied by some of the cabinet ministers. As Prime Minister pointed out, the turnout, given the small size of the Bhutanese population, was a record in itself. The event started with Ambassador Gautam Bambawale’s speech, which was followed by an address of Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay. Thereafter, the video message of Prime Minister Modi on the occasion of the 1st International Day of Yoga was screened, followed by the performance of the “asanas” by all the participants. The event lasted 45 minutes. While the popularity of Yoga has been increasing around the world, it is not new to Bhutan. As Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay mentioned, Yogis have existed since time immemorial in Bhutan. Talking about the benefits of Yoga to health, particularly in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases, he linked yoga to GNH. Yoga helps build inner strength and peace of mind, and is increasingly practiced all over the world.