The Nepal Weekly | June 2021
A special programme was organized in the premises of embassy of India, Kathmandu, on Monday, the 21th of June, to observe the seventh International Day of Yoga.
The programme was organized virtually as part of its ongoing celebration of India@75 ‘Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The theme of the celebration this year amidst Covid-19 was “Be With Yoga , Be At Home” (Ghar Ghar ma Yog) encouraging people to practice “Yoga for Wellness”. A lecture-cum -demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol approved by Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, was presented at the Swami Vivekanand Culture Centre under the embassy of India, and was broadcast live on its Facebook page, according to a press release issued by embassy of India, Kathmandu. The Yogasanas were presented by Yoga Guru Shri Loknath Khanal and the event was widely viewed by people across Nepal. The Common Yoga Protocol (with Nepali voiceover) was broadcast live on TV as well to take the message of Yoga and its benefits to every home in Nepal. In addition,a conversation on “Relevance of Yoga in times of Covid-19” with Yogacharya Shri Sunil Maan was broadcast on the same day on ten prominent Radio FM channels covering all 7 provinces of Nepal. People from all across Nepal took part in a Vlogging (video blogging) and Essay writing contest organized virtually by the embassy. The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.