Over 200 yoga practitioners gathered at the official residence of the Indian High Commissioner yesterday to celebrate the 7th International Day of Yoga themed ‘Yoga for Wellness’,
Participants comprised diplomats, friends of India and members of the local and Indian community.
A large number of yoga enthusiasts also joined the session virtually through the high commission’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
An avid practitioner and yoga guru in Brunei Darussalam Bramhanand Tichkule led the Common Yoga Protocol session.
The High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar lauded the Brunei’s Government effective and efficient handling of the pandemic in the country.
“We are very fortunate to be living in Brunei Darussalam. Thanks to the government’s effort, we can celebrate the 7th International Day of Yoga,” he said.
“Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India around 3000 BC. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness. Today, it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.”
Recognising its universal appeal on December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as International Day of Yoga.
Calling yoga a ‘ray of hope’ amid the testing times of the coronavirus pandemic, Kumar said, “India Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the mYoga app to promote the Indian practice worldwide. It provides in many languages videos of yoga training based on common yoga protocol. In his words, this will help us in our ‘One World, One Health’ motto. The app will help all to live healthy and happier life.”
The high commissioner also presented awards to winners of 7th International Day of Yoga Quiz Competition, a month-long event organised by the high commission through its social