Canada to host ma­jor yoga event

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - Anirudh Bhat­tacharyya

As Canada marks the 150th year of its con­fed­er­a­tion, an Indo-Cana­dian non­profit is seek­ing to brings its own touch to the na­tional cel­e­bra­tion by host­ing the largest gath­er­ing of yoga en­thu­si­asts at a sin­gle venue in North Amer­ica.

The event, sched­uled for June 24 at the In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter in Mis­sis­sauga, a sub­urb of Toronto, is be­ing or­gan­ised by In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day Canada (IYDC) and will also segue into the third it­er­a­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties across the world.

The or­gan­is­ers ex­pect to at­tract nearly 10,000 par­tic­i­pants to the meet, mak­ing it the “largest con­gre­ga­tion of yoga prac­ti­tion­ers” in North Amer­ica, and pos­si­bly the big­gest out­side In­dia.

The IYDC event will fea­ture two head­lin­ers - Baba Ramdev, founder of Patan­jali Yog­peeth, and Sis­ter Shivani of the Brahma Ku­maris - to lead the two ses­sions that will com­prise the sched­ule for the day. Not­ing that Yoga day co­in­cides with Canada’s 150th birth­day, Satish Thakkar, chair of IYDC’s board of di­rec­tors, said, “We want to take the ben­e­fits of yoga to all Cana­di­ans to pro­mote well­ness and build a health­ier and hap­pier Cana­dian so­ci­ety.”

“This is unique since the top­most yoga in­sti­tu­tions have de­cided to come to­gether un­der one um­brella for this event,” said Di­nesh Bha­tia, In­dia’s con­sul gen­eral in Toronto.


Con­sul Gen­eral Di­nesh Bha­tia an­nounces the event.

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