The first International Yoga Day saw thousands turning to their Yoga mats to celebrate events organised by the Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) with many other organisations across all major cities of Australia on Sunday.
As the United Nations marks its first International Yoga Day, Australia wakes up to the 5000-year-old science in such grandeur for the first time.
The events organised by the HCA along with HSS and OFBJP have registered an overwhelming response to its unrestricted events organised across many cities of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Sydney, the yoga capital of Australia witnessed its tryst with spirituality at the iconic Bondi Beach and the multicultural hub Parramatta.
Participants at the Bondi Beach started their eventful day with the sun salutation or Surya Namaskar, took part in the popular Hatha Yoga, laughter yoga and meditation.
One of the most popular sessions was the one on Yoga for surfers that combined science with sports. Participants were also treated to fruitful panel discussions, many of which were eye openers.
“It’s our pleasure that all the community organisations and Yoga schools of different forms have come together on the call of Indian PM Narendra Modi. This will revolutionize the Yoga scene in Australia,” said Balesh Singh Dhankhar, spokesperson of HCA.
Parramatta event turned out to be very popular among the Yoga lovers as it sits right in the heart of multicultural capital of Sydney. The cultural events and the Grand Surya Namaskar swept audience off its feet.
Lord Mayor Parramatta Scott Lloyd, Julie Ovens, the Federal Member of Parliament of Parramatta, Alex Hawke, Federal Member of Parliament of Mitchell and other dignitaries also marked their presence to encourage the audience.
At the U.N. assembly in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reminded the world that for 5000 years India has been practicing Yoga as a system of uniting the body, mind and spirit for a peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
The HCA, through its endeavours, not only supports the efforts of the Indian Prime Minister, but also seeks to bring the benefits of yoga to each individual in Australia. We have also set the stage for future editions of this grand event.
Keeping up with the spirit of India i.e. spreading ancient knowledge, we are organising these Yoga events absolutely free of cost in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.