At the outset, I would like to congratulate you all on this 2nd anniversary of the international day of Yoga being held in Vancouver. This is a significant day for all Indians across the world as this IDY marks a major recognition to one of our most ancient practices of keeping oneself in good health and maintaing peace. International recognition to this ancient Indian practice of Yoga wouldn’t have been possible if not for the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji.
In 2014 while addressing the United Nations general assembly Shri Modi ji called for the adoption of June 21st as International Yoga Day. He said:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
It gives me a great sense of pride and honour to inform you that the resolution was supported by more than 170 countries including our beloved Canada. Last year marked the 1st IDY celebrations which were held with great fervour around various citied of the world. We at Indo-Canadian Socio-Economic Association (IC-SEA) in Vancouver too had a very successful event and were overwhelmed with the support shown. This encouraged us to continue the tradition this year wherein we have an even broader support from various social organizations as well as Yoga teachers and schools.
IDY provides a unique opportunity to promote interaction between mainstream Canadian culture and rich Indian heritage and culture. I must here also mention and applaud my team at IC-SEA and volunteers for their untiring efforts and dedication in making this event a grand success.
Similarly this event wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous and unflinching support of the Consulate General of India in Vancouver, our sponsors and experts who continue to generously contribute for the cause of Yoga and well being. Seeing the success of this event I have no doubt in my
mind that that we will host this multi-cultural Yoga event every year.
I once again congratulate you all on this special day and look forward to your participation next year.