International Day of Yoga




Celebrating the International Day of Yoga ( IDY) on 21st June



On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the resolution to observe 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, with the overwhelming support of 177 countries, the State of Qatar being one of the co-sponsors. The declaration was passed after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga, by the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, during his address to the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014.

The date 21 June assumes significance on account of the fact that it is the Summer Solstice and is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.


Significance of Yoga.       Yoga is a system of holistic living, having its roots dating back to thousands of years. It is a science which is practical and usable with guaranteed scope of growth across all levels of human existence – physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Yoga, not only provides techniques for growth, but also gives a life which is characterized by peace and tranquility, harmony and health, love and happiness, precision and efficiency. The right understanding of happiness and harmony and a calculated adoption of a suitable value system congenial to the accomplishment of increasing happiness is possible by Yoga.


IDY Logo.   Folding of both hands in the logo symbolize Yoga, the union, which reflects the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness; a perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being.


The brown leaves symbolize the Earth element, the green leaves symbolize the Nature, blue symbolize the Water element, brightness symbolizes the Fire element and the Sun symbolizes the Source of Energy and Inspiration. The logo reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of Yoga.


Mission’s Thrust – IDY 2015.      The Mission has been actively publicizing the benefits of practice of Yoga through a large number of community associations, Indian schools and selected local organizations; as also through the website of the Mission and community organization including Facebook etc. Various videos/ photos (only those that have been cleared for general publicity by the Ministry), photos on Yoga, courtesy Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga and Raja Choudhury, books on yoga, Video on Common Yoga Protocol etc showcasing the myriad benefits of Yoga have also been circulated through the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), apex organization of socio-cultural activities of the large Indian Community and Indian Community Benevolent Forum [ICBF], both functioning under the aegis of the Embassy of India. Further, in order to provide a holistic approach in propagating the benefits of Yoga, the Mission has actively involved volunteers of the Isha Foundation for disseminating the concepts of the Isha Kriya and the Isha Protocol and Samanvayam, an affiliate association of ICC, engaged in spreading awareness on Yoga, for the benefit of the community.



Courtesy: Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga



Courtesy: Shri Raja Choudhry


Passage to India Community Festival.  A dedicated stall replete with framed photographs of various Asanas highlighting the ethos and benefits of Yoga was setup at the prestigious KATARA Cultural Village during the ICC-organised Passage to India Community Festival from 19-20 March 2015. The event was a grand success with an estimated attendance of over 50,000 visitors, notable amongst which was the encouraging participation of many Qataris.



Yoga Sessions at ICC.  As part of the run up to the IDY celebrations, Samanvayam, an affiliated organization of the ICC, have initiated classes cum discourses on Yoga, for the benefit of the Indian community. These classes commenced with effect from 24 April 2015 and are being held on every Friday in the mornings from 0700 to 0800 hrs.  In addition, the ICC also has a dedicated Yoga instructor, who conducts Yoga classes during the weekdays. 




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1.     The Ambassador and Mrs Chhaya Arora hosted a dinner reception in honour of KATARA – Cultural Village on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 at the India House. The reception was attended by 80 invitees, which included Ambassadors of various countries, Qatari dignitaries, members of the media, representatives of the Indian community and Yoga instructors / enthusiasts.  The reception was held to convey sincere thanks to the management of KATARA for having hosted the Passage to India festival on 19-20 March 2015 and a photo exhibition entitled Islamic Monuments of India by renowned photographer Binoy Behl, from 21 September to 18 October 2014. Further, as part of the run up to the celebrations of the maiden International Day of Yoga, the Mission has arranged a Session on Health and Yoga at the KATARA on 12 June 2015 from 8 pm onwards.

2.     The Ambassador made a presentation on the background of the International Day of Yoga, the adoption of the resolution at UNGA by 177 countries in record time, the forthcoming event at the KATARA on Yoga on 12 June 2015 and highlighted the benefits of Yoga for holistic living. HE Dr Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, the GM and CEO of KATARA, stated that while the State of Qatar maintained good relations with all countries, the relationship with India was special and deep rooted. He further stated that KATARA was ever open to host myriad events related to Culture, Arts etc. Sheikha Athba Al-Thani, a prominent member of the royal family, educationist and philanthropist, surprised the gathering by addressing in Hindi.

3.     All invitees were presented with a CD entitled Documentary on Yoga. In addition, CD entitled Incredible India of India Tourism, publication India – For A Billion Reasons and a Desk Calendar, by PD Division, was also handed over.