Thousands celebrate International Yoga Day at ‘crossroads of the world’

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India’s Consul General in NY Randhir Jaiswal speaking at the June 20, 2021, International Day of Yoga at Times Sq. celebrated jointly with the Times Square Alliance. Photo Facebook @indiainnewyork

The seventh International Yoga Day was celebrated at the iconic Times Square in New York on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

The day-long yoga festival with the theme of ‘Solstice in Times Square 2021’ was attended by more than 3,000 people where yogis, with their yoga mats and flexible bodies, filled Times Square to mark the start of summer.

Consulate General of India, New York partnered with the Times Square Alliance to host the Yoga celebrations under the theme ‘Solstice for Times Square 2021’.

Some 3,000 people gathered in Times Sq. to celebrate the 7th International Day of Yoga June 20, 2021. Photo Facebook @indiainnewyork

“As we celebrate yoga at the iconic Times Square – at the crossroads of the world, let us remind ourselves of the truly global embrace of yoga. Yoga was born in India but is part of global heritage today. Yoga is about health, well-being and about living in harmony with nature. Yoga is a way of life and we must try to practice it in its entirety, for a peaceful society and for a greener planet,” Randhir Jaiswal, Consul General told ANI.

“It was an incredible experience leading yoga, pranayama and meditation at Times Square NYC. Seeing thousands of yogis experience stillness amidst the chaos of the city that never stops,” said Ruchika Lal who participated in the event.

Oberving social distancing some 3000 people gathered in NYC’s iconic Times Sq. to celebrate the 7th International Day of Yoga. Photo: Facebook Indiainnewyork

In keeping with this year’s global theme – Yoga for Wellness – as coined by the United Nations (UN), the event showcased holistic health, Ayurvedic and nature-based wellness products from Tribes India (TRIFED) and other Indian companies.

The stalls attracted a large number of visitors, eager to learn about the uniqueness of Indian Tribal, Ayurvedic and natural products.

The day-long yoga celebration offered experienced yogis and first-timers alike the chance to bring a yoga mat to the iconic public space and participate in a free yoga class.

The Indian Consulate General handed a bag of products from TRIFED and some wellness products produced in India as well.

Thousands gathered June 20, 2021 for International Day of Yoga at Times Sq. Photo: Facebook @Indiainnewyork

“I love to practice Yoga at Times Square every year on Solstice. I want to thank the Consulate for this gift,” a participant said.

The registration for the event is full, according to the Times Square website. The event could also be attended virtually by watching a class over a live stream. The Times Square yoga ran from 7:30 am until 8:30 pm, broken into nine separate classes, according to a schedule.

The International Day of Yoga was also celebrated in New Jersey at the Liberty State Park with the Statue of Liberty in the background. This was a community-led event anchored by the Federation of Indian Associations. Famous yoga instructor Thara Natalie led the yoga session.

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