Cel­e­bra­tion of the 1st In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga in Bhutan

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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.

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