The event which was attended by a number of yoga communities in Bali and opened by the Consul General of India Mr. R.O. Sunil Babu, was held in connection with the forthcoming celebration of the Fifth International Day of Yoga which will be held on Sunday, 16th June 2019 in Lapangan Niti Mandala, Renon, Denpasar. It is being organized with the active support of the Administration of Bali Province, under the benevolence of the Hon’ble Governor of Bali, H.E. Mr. I Wayan Koster.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, on 27th September 2014, espoused the benefits of Yoga and proposed the adoption of an International Yoga Day in his address to the United nations General Assembly (UNGA).
To quote him: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."
The Hon’ble Prime Minister’s statement closely echoes the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana.
On 11th December 2014, 193 members of the UNGA approved a resolution put forward by India, with a record 175 co-sponsoring countries, to establish 21st June 2016 as the International Day of Yoga. In its resolution, the UNGA recognized that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well being and stressed the need for wider dissemination of the information about the benefits of practicing yoga for the health of the world population. Daily practice of Yoga results in disease prevention, promoting good health and management of many life-style disorders we see today.
Accordingly, on 21st June 2015, the world celebrated the International Day of Yoga. In India alone, almost 36,000 people from 84 countries performed yogasanas at the Raj Path in New Delhi. Two records entered the Guinness Book of World Records that day- the largest yoga class (35,985) and most number of nationalities participating in one sitting (84 nations). The world over, IDY 2015 was celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm.
The Consulate and the ICC gratefully acknowledge the active support of the Balinese administration, led by the Governor, H.E. Mr. I Wayan Koster. We also acknowledge, with gratitude, the efforts put in by the volunteers and the support of the various sponsors to the event.
This year, as you are aware, 21st June 2019 falls on Friday. In order to avoid causing inconvenience to the yoga enthusiasts and to ensure that they got an opportunity to participate in the event, we have decided to shift the event to the Sunday prior to that date, i.e. 16th June 2019 so that maximum people can benefit by participating in the event.
We expect the participation this year to surpass last year’s figures, making it an even bigger success and to bring awareness of yoga being a path to both physical as well as emotional strength, to the people of this lovely island. (bbn/rls/rob)
Penulis : Rilis Pers
Editor : I Komang Robby Patria