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Brahma Kumaris, Elgin Road, Kolkata organized 3 main programs on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

1. Yoga Day Rally: A Rally was organized on “Healthy and happy Society through Rajyoga” from Kolkata Museum at 7 am.Flag off was done by Mr. Ashim kumar bose, Councillor, Kolkata Municipal Corporation & Sister BK Kanan, Senior Sister Incharge, Brahma Kumaris Eastern Zone Hqs. Around 400 bk bro and sisters participated and walked.

2. Yoga Seminar: Yoga seminar was organized by the West Bengal Government, Department of Health &  Family Welfare in association with Brahma Kumaris  at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata. Gathering was about 6000. Candle Lighting was done by B.K Kanan along with the other members. She addresses the gathering and explained the techinique and benefits of Rajyoga. B.K Chandra conducted Meditation along with all sisters on the stage. The program was attended by the President of West Bengal Council of Yoga and Secretary, Sports & Youth Service, Govt. Of West Bengal along with representatives of different yoga associations.

3. A public program on “Art of Meditation” was organized at the Brahma Kumaris Elgin Road Centre from 6 pm to 8 pm which was well attended by about 300 guests.

including Shri Ram Phal Pawar ,IPS,Addl. DG & IG Police ,Shri H.P.Kanoriaji,chief mentor SREI,Vice chairman, Center for promotion of India -China co-operation, Shri Viren Kumar,IPS, DG, BK Kanan,Dr.P.S.Das,Yoga consultant, Principal yoga medical college.

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The First ‘International Day of Yoga’
Trinidad and Tobago
21st June, 2015

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between human and nature, a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not only about exercise but also to discover the sense of oneness with the self, the world and the nature. It carries the spiritual aspect of controlling one’s mind and self-development with direct control of the inner energy. Today, Yoga has evolved as an alternative system of medicine through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

In the modern age with the change in the life style, more and more people are learning and doing it regularly as it is not costly and has no side effects.

The 193 member United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on December 11, 2014, approved by unanimity a resolution establishing June 21st as ‘International Day of Yoga’. The declaration came following a call for the adoption of 21st June as ‘International Day of Yoga’ (IDY) by the Indian Prime Minister, Hon’ble Narendra Modi ji during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27th, 2014.

In suggesting June 21st, which is the summer Solstice, as the ‘International Day of Yoga’, Hon’ble Narendra Modi ji had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of Yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana which is considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

This initiative found support from many global leaders. More than 175 countries including USA, Canada and Trinidad & Tobago co-sponsoring the resolution. It had the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.

The High Commission of India, Port of Spain, Trinidad in collaboration with the United Nations Offices and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago had organized a week long yoga awareness program commencing on 15th June to commemorate the 1st ‘International Day of Yoga’. The large numbers of Yoga Organizations were participated in this event including BRAHMA KUMARIS RAJAYOGA CENTRE for the press release.

Also Sister Jasmine from Chaguanas represented Brahma Kumaris at Diwali Nagar program of IDY during these days from 15th to 21st June, 2015. The main event was on 21st June 2015 (Sunday) at the Daaga Auditorium, University of West Indies (UWI) at 9.00 am. This event was attended by hundreds of yoga enthusiasts and celebrated individuals. Brahma Kumaris (BK) also participated for speech and presentation of meditation yoga.

The program started with lighting the Deepaks. The representatives from UN, Indian High Commission (IHC), and the prominent personalities including Government Ministers were present to grace the occasion and share their views with the participants.
The Yoga masters talked about the benefits of YOGA and demonstrated a number of easy poses. Booths were also put up by several yoga centres to demonstrate health benefits of yoga.

Brahma Kumaris also had got the opportunity to demonstrate the practical meditation on the stage. Sister Hemlata gave the guided meditation commentary and few BK brothers and sisters practically demonstrated how to meditate. The atmosphere became the full of peace and silence which everyone in the audience also could experience very well by meditating together with all BKs present on the stage.

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The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou, China in association with Guangzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, organized an event on the occasion of International Yoga Day on 21st June, 2015. The Consulate General Of India invited BK Sister Sapna to conduct and give experience of Rajyoga to the audience on this occassion . The Consulate had invited 7 more yoga teachers ( Kundalini yoga, Pranayama, Spinal & Fitness Yoga, Yin Yoga etc.) to conduct various kinds of yoga on this special day. The program was organized in an indoor stadium where nearly 1000 souls were present during the event. All the staff members of Indian consulate were also present. The program was a huge success, even beyond the expectation of Consulate General here.

We ( volunteers from Brahma Kumaris) had also put up a special counter outside the hall to give assistance to public. So, it was a great opportunity in drama to introduce Rajyoga, as taught by Baba. Many people showed interest in learning more about Rajyoga and registered for the Rajyoga Course as we announced there after the program.

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This auspicious day was organized in Madrid by the Indian embassy and 12 Yoga Schools, including Brahma Kumaris.
In the morning, the inauguration took place with the ambassador of India, Mr Vikram Misri, and the newly elected mairess of the city, Manuela Carmena. 150 volunteers from the 12 schools were present to help all the participants.
Around 1500 people gathered in one of the main squares in Madrid, Plaza Colón, to practise a master class from a beautiful video prepared by the indian government.
In the afternoon, there was a more academic program. 3 pannels where experienced teachers and practionners were invited to share about the variety and diversity of Yoga: Yoga and Health- Yoga and Consciousness- Yoga and Spirituality.
Bro. Yogesh from Turkey was our speaker.
The preparation, a few months ahead, was an opportunity to have meetings at the Indian Embassy together with the ambassador, his team and the 12 schools. Over the time, a very good relation has been established and will probably give more fruits in the future.