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Celebration of 6 th International Day of Yoga in Accra

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Celebration of 6th International Day of Yoga in Accra

The Sixth International Day of Yoga was celebrated by the High Commission of India, Accra with great enthusiasm on Sunday, 21 June 2020. High Commissioner Sugandh Rajaram led the event at India House, with enthusiastic participation by many. The Yoga enthusiasts included participants from all age groups.

2. As a curtain raiser to the main event on 21 June, the Mission had organised various activities at the High Commission of India, Accra. Theme-based Yoga sessions – Yoga for children, for senior citizens, for asthama, for removal of stress, to remedy backache and for arthritis and competitions on Yoga including Yogasana, Shloka recitation, drawing, quiz and essay were organised from 15-19 June, 2020. On 15 and 16 June, the teacher of Indian culture gave short lectures on Ayurveda to the participants of the Yoga sessions.

3. #InternationalYogaDay began with the lighting of the lamp by the High Commissioner. Inaugurating the event, High Commissioner Sugandh Rajaram highlighted significance of Yoga to strengthen physical immunity & mental health, as holistic way for sustainable living and to create peace & harmony in world. He stated that, “India has always shared its treasures with the world because of its inherent ethos and philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, its principles of treating the whole world as a family and Yoga is one of such treasures. It is a gift of India to the world.”

4. The Common Yoga Protocol was conducted by the Teacher of Indian Culture of the High Commission of India. He was accompanied by two of his disciples, a Ghanaian and a Spanish citizen.

5. High Commissioner awarded prizes to the winners of Yoga competitions of Yogasana, drawing, quiz, essay & Shloka recitation. The function lasted for one and a half hours and ended with chanting of Shanti mantras. The event was also streamed live on Facebook enabling Yoga enthusiasts to join the session from home. All protocols and social distancing were maintained during the celebration.

6. This year owing to restrictions on public gathering imposed by the Governments of Togo and Sierra Leone in the wake of COVID-19, IDY could not be organised by Honorary Consulate of India in Togo and Sierra Leone. However, the Yoga enthusiasts in Togo and Sierra Leone followed the event live on Facebook.