International Yoga Day will be organized in Dubai on June 18 by the Consulate General of India in association with the Dubai Sports Council and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award. ‘Though International Yoga Day actually falls on June 21, a week day, it was decided to hold the event on June 18 (Saturday) to get maximum attendance,’ said Consul General of India, Anurag Bhushan.
The main event for the day will be a yoga demonstration headed by Indian yoga master Baba Ramdev. ‘The theme for the event focuses on ‘Health, Harmony and Happiness,’ said Anurag. ‘There will also be other demonstrations to correlate to the theme by yoga expert Bharat Thakur, and other experts from the Raja Yoga Centre, Dubai, and the Art of Living, Dubai.’
The event, to be held at the World Trade Center from 7.30pm till 10.30 pm, is open to all nationalities, above the age of five. Prior registration is mandatory at the website: http://www.iyd.ae/.
‘Baba Ramdev is popularly known for conducting mass sessions, including for first timers, so the classes are being designed in a fashion that no previous training in yoga is required,’ said Anurag.
Volunteer yoga practitioners will be on hand across the venue to assist the participants in aligning their movements with the performer on the stage. Participants should wear clothes suitable for performing exercises.
‘We are engaging the yoga schools in the UAE through providing their volunteers, and also for arranging future sessions for the participants who are interested in carrying this further,’ says the consul general of India. ‘The schools joining hands with us would have their representatives at the venue to enroll those interested in joining their classes. Our aim is to motivate the common people to enjoy and understand the benefits of performing yoga.’
The International Yoga Day initiative was founded by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to launch a special day for yoga practitioners across the world. On December 11, 2014, the 193-member UN General Assembly approved by consensus; a resolution establishing June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga'. Around 175 nations co-sponsored this resolution, the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA resolution of such nature.
‘A participant can expect to experience the actual benefits of yoga in a comprehensive manner, revolving round this year’s theme,’ said Anurag. ‘We are confident that the participants would be motivated to take it further, and not just performing on that particular day.