Yoga for peace and harmony
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga through the UN General Assembly resolution 69/131.
The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
"Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress," said former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia in his statement at the First International Day of Yoga said: “World Health Organization (WHO) has been advocating physical exercise as one of the primary preventive measures against non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases, which are increasingly growing in numbers. Exercise is a must for physical wellbeing”.
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Jakarta collaborated with the Embassy of India for Indonesia and Timor Leste and organized two yoga sessions for universities as a lead up to the observance of the Day in Jakarta on 17 June 2017.
The first session was on 23 May 2017 at the Law Faculty of Atma Jaya University hall. The main Yoga Instructor at the Embassy, Mr. Arun Yefle, interacted with lecturers and students in a question and answer session and through a guided standing yoga exercise.
The second session was outside the Menara Thamrin Building with some lecturers and students from several universities, the yoga community in Jakarta, the visiting Indian Naval officers and staff from the UN and Embassy of India.
Both sessions were attended by the UNIC Acting Director, Ms. Eshila Maravanyika, and the Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Centre, Mr. Makrand Shukla, while the Deputy Chief of the Mission at the Embassy of India, Mr. Manish, attended the session at Menara Thamrin building.
The International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year on 21 June at multiple locations across the world.
Yoga session at Atma Jaya University with students and lecturers.
Yoga session outside the UN Building.