Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Kicks off Yoga Series in the US with a Talk at the Indian Embassy

Posted on: Sunday, May 3, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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The Embassy of India in Washington, DC, organized a talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on ‘Nurturing peace through Yoga and Meditation’ at its premises on April 29. The talk is the beginning of a series of curtain-raiser yoga events to welcome the First International Day of Yoga, to be celebrated on June 21 this year.

Shankar emphasized the relevance of yoga in today’s world, saying yoga is not only about flexibility in body but also about flexibility in mind and thinking. He mentioned that wars in the world begin when communication breaks down. Yoga creates skills in communication and relating to people. The purpose of yoga and meditation is to unite hearts and minds of people and to unite religions and cultures of the world, he added. The United Nations General Assembly has declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.

The Charge d’Affaires at the embassy, Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, highlighted the words of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations: “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 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”.

The Government of India is planning to celebrate the International Day of Yoga in countries around the world, including the United States.

The Embassy of India in Washington DC is organizing a series of events on yoga which will culminate on June 21. On that day, it would collaborate with yoga and community organizations for a day-long event at the Mall, in Washington, DC.

Source: American Bazaar

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