The Indian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago has announced 12-days of activities to mark International Yoga Day on June 21. Addressing the media, High Commissioner Bishwadip Dey said yoga is over 6,000 years old and an invaluable part of Indian ancient tradition. The activities will begin on June 15, which coincides with Corpus Christi, a public holiday. On June 15, Yoga Meditation Society will organise “108 Surya Namashkar” at the National Council of Indian Culture’s (NCIC) Divali Nagar. From June 17 to 26, schools will organise a yoga awareness campaign. On June 18, yoga exercise will be held at the Board Walk Chaguaramas and on June 25, a yoga fest will be organised at Divali Nagar from 9.30 a.m. Dey said that this year’s programme is organised by the High Commission of India with the United Nations, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and the International Day of Yoga Committee. Dey recalled that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014, had urged the world community to adopt an International Yoga Day saying “yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition”. On December 11, 2004, 193 members of the United Nations passed a resolution declaring June 21 as International Day of Yoga.
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“In essence, yoga is a process of creating a body and mind that are stepping stones, not hurdles to an exuberant and fulfilling life,” Dey said. He added that yoga is essentially a path to liberation from all bondage. “Medical research in recent years has uncovered many physical and mental benefits that yoga offers, corroborating the experiences of millions of practitioners.”