The Consulate General of India in Bali, Indonesia organized the 3rd International Day of Yoga (IDY) at the Lapangan Puputan Margarana Niti Mandala, Denpasar on Sunday, 18th June 2017. The event saw the participation of over 1,000 yoga enthusiasts who flocked to the ground in the early hours of Sunday to participate in one of the largest exercise of the kind. They were joined by members of the diplomatic corps, senior officials of the Provincial Government of Bali, fitness experts and media personnel to Indonesia.
The International Day of Yoga is an initiative of the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, who in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on 27th September 2014, espoused the benefits of Yoga and proposed the adoption of an International Yoga Day. India, supported by a record 175 co-sponsoring countries, including Indonesia, moved a resolution for adopting 21st June as the International Day of Yoga and, on 11th December 2014, the UNGA, passed the resolution supported by 193 number of a record countries. Thus, 21st June 2015 came to be observed as International Day of Yoga for the first time ever. The IDY 2016 in Bali last year saw the active participation of over 3,000 enthusiastic yoga practitioners.
The event started with the playing of the messages from the Prime Minister of India, Mr. NarendraModi. The Prime Minister, in his message, pointed out that the in the present century, Yoga has connected the entire world, just as it connects body, mind, intellect and soul. For living a life that is free of stress, pain, disease and a life full of happiness, Yoga is the only path. PM invited all not only for being a part of International Day of Yoga celebrations but for generating a general consciousness of yoga among the people to make the people live healthy and converting it into a mass movement.
Sister Janaki of the Brahmakumaris led a Universal prayer session. The yoga session was led by Mr. Kiran Manoharmal Jain, Yoga Teacher from India and Mr. I Gusti Raka Panji Tisna who has done much to propagate yoga in Bali. The yoga enthusiasts were welcomed by the Consul General of India in Bali, Mr. R.O. Sunil Babu and the event also attended by Director of JNICC, Mr. Makrand Shukla, the Guest of Honour then addressed the gathering by his inspiring words.
The event came to its end by playing of Shanti Mantras as by doing yoga body is relaxed and by chanting shanty mantras it gives immense pleasure and peace to soul which has proved to be a stress buster in this modern hectic life style.