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Seychelles to join the world in celebrating the first ever International Yoga Day on June 21

Seychelles to join the world in celebrating the first ever International Yoga Day on June 21 ( Seychelles will be joining the rest of the world to celebrate for the first time the International Day of Yoga on June 21 this year.

This was announced during a press conference this morning by the country’s Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange.

Present at the press conference were the Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles, Sanjay Panda, and the Principal Secretary for Culture, Benjamine Rose.

To mark this day, the Indian High Commission along with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture will be organizing a series of activities for people from all walks of life to take part in.

In December 2014, the United Nations passed an India-sponsored resolution declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. There was an overwhelming support for the resolution with 177 out of the 193 United Nations member-states co-sponsoring the resolution.

This was a record and unprecedented in the United Nations’ history. Seychelles was among the first 5 nations to come forward in support for this Indian initiative.

Minister St.Ange said yoga is not new to Seychelles, and by celebrating this day it shows that it has found its place in our society.

He added that this partnership is opportune, because they have solidarity between Seychelles and India.

“We felt it was important to join in the celebrations to mark the first ever International Day of Yoga,” he said.

“I am inviting the people of Seychelles to come join us on this day. Let us mark it by taking part in this ‘finding yourself fiesta’ in our country.”

Minister St.Ange added that Seychelles is proud to be part and parcel of this new event.

High Commissioner Panda said getting the world to appreciate yoga as the instrument of peace and harmony is vital.

He added that by taking part, Seychelles will show the world that a small country can think big.

Yoga is important to the wellbeing and health of a nation, High Commissioner Panda said.

He said the International Day of Yoga will become an annual event in Seychelles, and urged members of the public to take part in this yoga day.

As the world gears up to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga, India has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the activities globally in close cooperation with the host governments.

The day will start with an open-air, 33-minute yoga session at 8 am at the Stad Popiler. A yoga expert from India will lead the session with the help of local instructors.

The aim is to encourage people to use yoga as an answer to modern-day stress through this ancient yet quintessential heritage of India.

A same set of exercises according to a Common Yoga Protocol will be performed all over the world on the same day and time, setting a Guinness world record for such a coordinated yoga session across the globe.

On the occasion of the International Day of Yoga 2015, a plaque will be unveiled at a ceremony at the Indian High Commission office dedicating the Vivekananda Yoga Club to the people of Seychelles.

This will be followed by the inauguration of an exhibition of photographs and books on yoga at the Vivekananda Yoga Club. The exhibition will remain open to the public including youth and school students from June 22-28 from 10 am to 3 pm.

A Seminar-cum-yoga demonstration at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles from 5 pm to 6:30 pm will be the final event for the day. Speakers of the seminar will include the yoga expert from India and prominent yoga practitioners of Seychelles.

This will be an interactive session with the audience encouraged to join in the discussion. The program will conclude with a yoga demonstration by the yoga instructors and practitioners.

Several yoga-practicing institutions in Seychelles, such as Nature Seychelles, Seychelles Yoga Association, The Station, Brahma Kumaris International, National Sports Council, the Lions Club, and the Indian Association of Seychelles, have joined hands with the Indian High Commission and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for the celebrations of the International Day of Yoga in Seychelles in a befitting manner.

During the press conference, a logo designed under the theme “Yoga for Harmony&Peace,” was officially launched by Minister St. Ange and High Commissioner Panda.


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