First International Day of Yoga in in Gothenburg

First International Day of Yoga in in Gothenburg

First International Day of Yoga in in Gothenburg

The main official celebration of the first International Day of Yoga (IDY) in Sweden took place at the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Frihamnen in Gothenburg; the second biggest city in the country. The village is situated at the heart of Gothenburg harbour and the yoga practice was conducted against the beautiful backdrop of the North Sea.

Despite being the midsummer weekend and the start of the vacation period, approximately 400 people of all ages and from all walks of life enthusiastically participated in the one and half hour yoga programme conducted in accordance with the common Yoga protocol devised by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH). Ms. Annelie Hulten, Mayor of Gothenburg inaugurated the programme along with the Ambassador of India. The Mayor acknowledged the benefits of Yoga and expressed the support of the city for such events in the future. The Ambassador thanked her and pointed out that this event was completely in line with the motto of the city which was “A Sustainable City – open to the World”. She briefly highlighted the value of Yoga for connecting body to soul and creating harmony within the individual as well as between the individual and nature; thereby reducing stress for everyone and promoting global peace.

The main partner of the Embassy of India in organizing this celebration was Yogobe, the leading organization for promoting knowledge and practice of Yoga in Scandinavia (https://yogobe.com/). The City of Gothenburg and Art of Living extended invaluable support while technical assistance for live streaming was provided by Tech Mahindra, the leading Indian IT company.

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