International Yoga day was celebrated in London on 21st June 2015 and people from all walks of life in all age group enjoyed the taste of Indian culture and received the knowledge of health and wisdom in the form of Yoga.
The biggest session on Yoga and Indian culture was organized by High Commission of India at South Bank London.
Yoga day inauguration program started with lighting of lamp followed by opening remarks by Hon’ble High Commissioner of India and remarks by Hon’ble Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Defence.
Rishis in India looking for the higher purpose in life, wanted to experience the ultimate truth realized that they need to go beyond mind.
Observing mind with the help of mind, practicing for hours daily concentrating mind and reaching deep Samadhi state which need strong and healthy body and hence hatha yoga (yogasana) which is popularly known as yoga was invented.
Hatha Yoga sessions were continued at South Bank after inaugration by various yoga organizations at South Bank from British Wheel of Yoga to Art of Living to Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centre.
Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan in the UK also celebrated yoga in London. Shri Nand Kumar executive director of Bhawan said about promoting yoga that “Bhawan was founded in 1972 in the UK and since than we have been teaching yoga in London”.
Participants seems to be enjoying yoga session in the Bhawan, as one the student Sreelaja said that “after stressful day it is very relaxing. I used to have headache and it helps to save me”.
Neena another dance student shared that “she feel very nice, lightheaded and find that she could concentrate well in dancing”.
Tara Center in Shorditch park London also made an effort helping community by organizing various health related workshops, yoga and meditation sessions for hundreds of participants along with chanting of Indian mantra’s.
Maria and Kierien Dowling from Tara center seems to helping and welcoming people from all walks of life.
Maria, yoga teacher said “while teaching yoga we also gain physically and we as a charity wants to help as many people as we can”.
About the International Day of Yoga logo: Folding of both hands in the logo symbolise Yoga, the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness, a perfect harmony between mind & body.
The brown leaves in the logo symbolize the Earth element, the green leaves symbolise the Nature, blue symbolize the Water element, brightness symbolize the Fire element and the sun symbolise the source of energy and inspiration.
– The logo reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of Yoga and has been the main motto of Indian civilization.
High commission of India made tremendous effort in the UK to make International Yoga day celebration in London a great success.
Thousands of people from all walks of life participated in the Yoga festival at South Bank and other venues across London.