Dignitaries join Yoga enthusiasts in celebrating International Day of Yoga

Since 2015, the High Commission of India in Guyana has been celebrating the International Day of Yoga. However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this highly regarded event was scaled back and held virtually.  

Nonetheless, on the occasion of the 7th International Day of Yoga, the High Commission of India in Guyana, in association with Indian Honorary Consul Vijay Tewani, organized an event at Blue Waters Resort in Antigua and Barbuda on 19th June 2021. 

Hon. Chet Greene, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade, graced the event as chief guest. Hon. Darryl Matthew, Minister for Education, Sports and Culture, members of the diplomatic corps and a few yoga enthusiasts were present during the yoga session. Minister of Tourism and Investment, Hon. Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez also sent best wishes on the internationally recognized day through a recorded message online.

In his welcome remarks, H.E. Dr. K.J. Srinivasan, High Commissioner of India to Guyana, said that in these testing times of COVID-19, millions across the world have sought benefits from Yoga, Ayurveda, etc. 

Practicing Yoga has helped people find solace from the isolation forced upon them due to COVID-19 restrictions and has helped them deal with mental issues like depression while keeping them physically fit. He urged all to continue to practice Yoga and encourage family and friends to start this healthy practice.

The dignitaries in their messages emphasized the importance of Yoga and its relevance in the present testing times of COVID 19.

The one-day event was followed by a performance of Yoga asanas as per the common Yoga protocol by all the Yoga instructors.

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