The Indian Embassy in Athens kick started International Yoga Week in Athens on Saturday, which was International Yoga Day.
The inaugural function for the week-long festival was held at the iconic Zappeion Megaron in Athens.
Ambassador Amrit Lugun addressed the participants at the inaugural event of week long celebration.
The Ambassador also felicitated Yoga instructors at the inaugural function.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Yoga week events will be online.
Monday, 21 June 1900 hrs. Screening of Film on Sahaj Yoga: “Grihalakshmi – The Awakening” in English with Greek subtitles
Tuesday, 22 June 1900 hrs. Basic Yoga for Healthy Life
Wednesday, 23 June 1900 hrs. Yoga for Well-being & Immunity
Thursday, 24 June 1900 hrs. Screening of Documentary – “Yoga: Aligning to the Source”
Friday, 25 June 1900 hrs. Advanced Yoga for Healthy Life
Saturday, 26 June 1900 hrs. Screening of Documentary – “Yoga for the World”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter:
"If there are threats to humanity, Yoga often gives us a way of holistic health. Yoga also gives us a happier way of life. I am sure, Yoga will continue playing its preventive, as well as promotive role in healthcare of masses."
In preparation for Yoga International Week, the Indian Embassy in Athens suggested people to "download the WHO mYoga app for authentic information on Yoga."
"It also offers interactive Yoga learning modules and practice sessions. The app is available on Google Play and App Store," the Indian Embassy added.
Download the WHO mYoga app for authentic information on Yoga. It also offers interactive Yoga learning modules and practice sessions. The app is available on Google Play and App Store. #YogaForWellness #IDY2021 #YogaForAll pic.twitter.com/Ck2PPNePgs
— India in Greece (@EmbIndiaAthens) June 21, 2021
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.