International Day of Yoga 2017
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 Dear friends,

 

Greetings from the Indian Embassy in Zagreb!

As you are aware, International Day of Yoga (IDY) is celebrated annually worldwide.  Croatia was one of the 177 countries that collectively supported the Resolution for designation of IDY at the United Nations in 2014, and we remain thankful for the support extended by the Croatian Government. 

 

Last year, the Indian Embassy organized IDY 2016 on 19 June 2016 in 13 cities in Croatia viz. Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Pula, Cakovec, Varazdin, Karlovac, Zadar, Sibenik, Iz, Rijeka, Vukovar and Novigrad.  The event, staged in collaboration with City Administrations and Tourist Boards, was a huge success, as thousands of Croatians from all walks of life took part in the extraordinary Yoga journey, in the larger quest for holistic health, global peace and harmony.  We captured the images of the event in a Yoga Calendar 2017 (Iznimno Putovanje Hrvatskom) which was distributed widely.  

For 2017, the Indian Embassy will be organising the IDY on an even bigger scale from 18-25 June 2017 in 24 cities across Croatia viz. Zagreb, Split, Pula, Zadar, Osijek, Rijeka, Varazdin, Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Cakovec, Karlovac, Vukovar, Iz, Novigrad, Bjelovar, Makarska, Baska, Zapresic, Korcula, Lepoglava, Hvar, Virovitica, Koprivnica and Pozega.  In capital Zagreb itself, the event will be staged on Sunday, 18 June 2017, 09h30-12h00 in the prominent King Tomislav Square in the City Centre. The event is expected to have the participation of top level dignitaries, Members of Parliament, diplomatic community and a cross section of Croatian Society. This will be in conformity with the large scale organisation of IDY in other European cities and the rest of the world.

The programme for IDY 2017 will include the practice of Protocol of Yoga Asanas by all participants under the guidance of experienced Yoga practitioners, followed by lecture-demonstrations by different Yoga Associations. 

Allied events will be organized over the week in the form of Painting of Yoga in Schools (14 June 2017), 1st Croatian Yoga Congress (17 June 2017), Remetinec Prison Yoga Programme (19 June 2017), Yoga Challenge (21 June 2017), Yoga with Police (21 June 2017), Yoga is Music (23 June 2017).

It will be appreciated that Yoga is much more than a physical exercise.  Its practice and philosophy enable us to access a new dimension of the self, even while providing holistic approach to health and well-being.  Yoga inculcates a sense of internal discipline, helps us to restore our balance and furnishes us with a much needed sense of clarity.  Through its unifying power, we seek completeness and oneness with the world.

The IDY events in all cities are open to public.  The Indian Embassy invites people from all walks of life to be part of the extraordinary journey that we have embarked upon in quest for global peace, harmony and happiness.  Even if you could join for the first part of the programme in Zagreb covering the practice of protocol of Yoga Asanas from 09h30-10h45, it will be a strong affirmation of your support for the event.  This being the tourist season, we also expect to attract a lot of tourists, and showcase the truly multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-dimensional spirit of Croatia.  Global publicity will be given to the event.

Comfortable exercise clothing is recommended. Please bring along an exercise mat!

Best regards,

 

(Sandeep Kumar)

Ambassador

 

 

 

 

 

 


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