Indian Consulate in Chicago celebrates International Yoga Day with several events

International Day of Yoga participants in Chicago at Grant Park June 18, 2022. Photo: Consulate of India in Chicago

Close to 250 Yoga enthusiasts participated in the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY 2022) celebrations themed ‘Yoga for Humanity’ held Saturday, June 18, 2022, morning at Grant Park in Downtown Chicago. The event was organized by the Indian Consulate in Chicago.

India’s Consul General Amit Kumar delivered the inaugural remarks followed by the performance of the Common Yoga Protocol, a press release from the Consulate said.

Consul General Kumar explained the importance of Yoga in contemporary times and acknowledged the efforts of Yoga organizations and the Indian- American community in Midwest region for arranging a series of events to commemorate the 8th IDY.

Kids and adults participated in the 8th International Day of Yoga hosted by the Indian Consulate in Chicago at Grant Park June 18, 2022. Photo: Indian Consulate

At the main event in Grant Park in the Consulate recognized the contribution of Sharon Steffensen, editor of Yoga Chicago magazine in popularizing the ancient Indian practice. A Yoga practitioner of 50 years standing, Steffensen started the yoga magazine 28 years ago.

In addition, the Indian Consulate with support from more than a dozen Indian-American community organizations and friends of Yoga held several events across the Midwest.

These events were held at Illinois (Naperville, Des Plaines, Lemont and Bloomington); Indiana (Indianapolis); Iowa (Des Moines); Michigan (Detroit, Canton and Troy); Missouri (St. Louis); Minnesota (Eagan), and South Dakota (Siouxland).

The Consulate also held a webinar on “Yoga for Wellness” on June 21, 2022.  It was livestreamed on Consulate’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Consul General Kumar delivered the opening remarks and participated in the discussions.

The webinar was joined by noted Yoga practitioners Saba Haider, Man Mohan Shukla and Vidya Nahar, who explained the benefits of Yoga and Meditation in a very lucid manner.  Mara Zimmerman, another experienced Yoga practitioner, moderated the webinar.



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