Scores of people participated in the celebration of International Yoga Day at the
Coolidge Cricket Grounds in Antigua, on Saturday 17 June 2023.
Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Senator Shenella Govia was the chief guest
at the event and delivered remarks on behalf of the senior minister, Minister of
Education, Daryll Matthew. Senate President Alincia Williams-Grant was also in
attendance, as an active participant.
Senator Govia expressed an appreciation for the positive and healing effects of
Yoga and the continued efforts of the High Commission of India to hold regular
events to promote and propagate Yoga. She underlined the interest in the spread of
Yoga at the highest level in Antigua and Barbuda and how it was being introduced
and practiced at the school level.
First Secretary Mukesh Kaushik from the High Commission of India in Guyana
participated in the event, on behalf of the High Commissioner Dr KJ Srinivasa.
The First Secretary thanked the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for the
introduction of Yoga in the school curriculum, as the High Commission strongly
wanted the inclusion of youth in the Yoga programme so that they can benefit from
this traditional Indian science of well-being from an early stage.
Following the formalities was the performing of Asanas based on Common Yoga
Protocol by all the invitees present at the event, under the guidance of the lead
yoga instructor Charlotte Drew and other Yoga instructors, and a presentation
ceremony by the Honorary Consul of India to Antigua and Barbuda, Vijay Tewani.
The event was also attended by Ambassadors of Cuba, Venezuela, and the
Dominican Republic, the Chief Protocol Officer, Karen Cabrall, a 30-member-
strong contingent of the Defence Force, and members of the Indian Diaspora
This year’s IDY event attracted around 200 enthusiastic Yoga participants.
Yoga, an intrinsic part of Indian tradition and culture for holistic living, has
transcended the barrier of race, religion, and culture to become a global health
movement. Yoga is essentially a mental and physical discipline based on an
extremely subtle science that focuses on bringing harmony between mind and