International Day of Yoga 2017
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In accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution A/Res/69/131, which was adopted by acclamation in December 2014 with a record number of 177 co-sponsoring member states, United Nations has established 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. The celebration of the 3rd International Day of Yoga will be held on  at Wankdorf Quartierplatz, Papiermuhlstrasse 71, 3014, Berne from 1100 hrs.

2. The above said UN resolution came into effect shortly after the address of the Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi during 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014, where he said "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day ".

3. The yoga exercises performed regularly even if for a small duration have potential to bring immense physical and mental transformation, including preventive health, peace of mind and freedom from tension. Keeping in view of these benefits of Yoga and in spirit of cooperation and universal benefits, the Embassy of India, Berne welcomes all to participate in this Event on Saturday 17 June 2017 at Wankdorf Quartierplatz, Papiermuhlstrasse 71, 3014, Berne from 1100 hrs. Entry for the event is free for all. 


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Celebration of the 3rd International Day of Yoga in Jungfraujoch, Switzerland on 25th June 2017

The 3rd International Day of Yoga  (21 June) was celebrated in JungfraujochSwitzerland, on 25 June 2017. Jungfraujoch is at an elevation of 3466 meters ( 11,371 ft) and is considered the top of Europe. It is a famous tourist destination, frequented by hundreds of travellers everyday from all parts of the world and is a popular destination for Indians. The Embassy of India in Berne supported Shri Govind Sovale, Director of the Indo - Swiss Centre's initiative to organize Yoga on top of Europe.  Shri Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of the BJP, graced the occasion and later also attended a conference inInterlaken.

The event began with a Ganesh Vandana, followed by unveiling of the book 'The Yogasutras of Patanjali' by Shri Ram Madhav, who also addressed the participants on the occasion.

'The Yogasutras of Patanjali', with the commentary of Vyasa, has been translated by an eminent Swiss scholar Acharya Vidyabhaskar of Omakarananada Ashram based in WinterthurSwitzerland.

All the participants then performed 'Surya Namaskar', a combination of 12 yoga positions. The event was attended by more than 260 participants.   This event is expected to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Prime Minister of India, Hon'ble Mr. Narendra Modi, in his message on the occasion of the 3rd international day of Yoga, has urged everyone to make Yoga a mass-movement. This great initiative to celebrate Yoga on top of Europe will greatly help in the efforts to turn Yoga into a mass movement, a movement for harmony and peace, in this otherwise conflict ridden present-day world.

The event was carried on many Indian news channels: 

DD News
Jungfrauâ Press Release
Local Media Report

The Embassy of India co-sponsored the event.


Celebration of the 3rd International Day of Yoga in Berne

The 3rd International Day of Yoga was celebrated in Berne (Switzerland) on 17th June 2017 at “Quartierplatz Wankdorf” from 1100hrs to 1300hrs. The programme began by singing of Sanskrit shlokas by a female vocalist, accompanied by a flautist, both ardent yoga followers, and by lighting of the lamp by prominent Yoga practitioners in Berne. The message given by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on the 3rd international day of Yoga was then read out.   Thereafter, a one and a half hour Yoga session was held under the expert guidance of Ms. Michelle Meyes of the Isha Foundation. Ms Michelle emphasised on the spiritual aspects of Yoga, in addition to explaining the health benefits that ensue from its regular practice. It was a very educative and inspiring session which was much appreciated by an admiring audience. The programme ended with a scintillating Dance Drama by Ms. Sougandhika and her troupe, who beautifully explained the meaning of the existence of trinity in the Indian mythology in the present day context through the Indian classical dance forms of ‘Bharatanatyam’ and ‘Odissi’. In the end, the audios of the Shanti Mantras were played. The programme was well attended by about 120 people who were very appreciative of the initiative taken to conduct the programme to celebrate International Day of Yoga.

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