• Philippines joins celebration of IDY

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    Participants perform a yoga asana or posture during the 2nd International Day of Yoga on Saturday at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. PHOTO BY JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

    Participants perform a yoga asana or posture during the 2nd International Day of Yoga on Saturday at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. PHOTO BY JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

    The Philippines joined countries around the world in celebrating the 2nd International Day of Yoga (IDY) on Saturday at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City.

    “We are happy that we can celebrate [the International Day of Yoga]with the people living in the Philippines. We can see those gathered here are not just Indians and Filipinos but other people around the world [as well]. That is the message we want to convey—that yoga is for everyone,” said India’s Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Lalduthlana Ralte during the opening ceremonies of the event.

    Yoga, a 5000-year-old Indian tradition, offers a holistic approach to health and well-being through practices that aims to unite mind and body.

    In December 2014, the United Nations has declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

    The celebration is a half-day program that allows people to experience yoga through educational and cultural programs.

    IDY 2016 started with a talk on the importance of exercise based on the Common Yoga Protocol led by Chandru Mahtani.

    Iyengar Yoga Center Manila also conducted a demonstration of its version of yoga while the Science of Identity Foundation presented Kirtan Yoga or Sound Yoga accompanied by live musical performances.

    “Continue to practice yoga in your daily lives whenever you can because it is beneficial for you.”

    “We are not saying it because Indians do it but do it because it is beneficial to you,” Ralte concluded.

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