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The Embassy of India organised a curtain raiser press briefing on 5 June 2015 about the activities planned under the first International Day of Yoga (IDY) in the Republic of Korea on 21 June 2015.

2. Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which Aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature." In Suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world." Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru notes the importance of this day in the yogic tradition: "On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi (the first yogi) turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity."

3. Ambassador Vikram Doraiswami briefed the media highlighting holistic, international and inclusive nature of yoga. The IDY is being organised in Korea as different events under one concept. The local organisations with support from the Embassy are organising events open to general public on 21 June as per details below:

  1. National Yoga Association of Sports for All: Let's Yoga Together, Square 10 am – 1 pm at Seoul City Square, more information: http://www.sportal.or.kr, ttyy7070@nate.com
  2. Art of Living, Korea: Art of Living Yogathon for happiness, 10:30 am – 1130 am at 3rd FL Woosong Building 1236, Gaepo 4-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, more information: www.artofliving.or.kr, sdhong7@naver.com 
  3. Aim Yoga Research & Education Institute: Lifestyle based Yoga Workshop, 11 am – 1 pm at Auditorium, Indian Cultural Centre, 1st Floor, Korean Methodist Women's Society Building, 98 Dokseodang-ro, Hannam-dong,  Yongsan-gu, Seoul, more information: www.aimyoga.in, aimyoga@gmail.com 
  4. Viveka Yoga Global: UN International Day of Yoga Korea 2015 COEX,2:00 pm – 4:23 pm at COEX Main Gate Square (East Gate), Seoul, more information:  www.idayofyoga.kr, www.facebook.com/vivekayoga.kr, vivekayoga@naver.com,
  5. Korea Yoga alliance: Green Yoga Concert, 2:00 pm – 4:25 pm at MoolbitMoodea(Floating Stage), Yeouido, Seoul, more information: http://www.yogyaan.com, koyoga@naver.com 
  6. Indian Cultural Centre, Busan: International day of Yoga Event (I LOVE YOGA in BUSAN), 5:00 pm – 6:20 pm at Busan Citizen Park, more information: www.idy.kr/  www.iccbs.or.kr, iccbs.k@gmail.com 
  7. Iyengar Korea Yoga Association: Celebration of UN's 1st International Day of Yoga with the Iyengar Yoga Association of Korea, 4 pm – 6 pm at : 'Road Art' outdoor stage at Dongseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, more information: http://www.iyengar.co.kr, straw41@naver.com 

4. More information and details about the events of IDY on 21 June please visit Embassy of India website at: http://www.indembassy.or.kr/press_detail.php?nid=379

Seoul
5 June 2015

 
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