One of the oldest civilisations of humankind Egypt, has embraced Yoga that originated in another ancient civilisation – our Motherland India. In the modern world, Yoga has become an important tool to live a healthy life that can being a positive difference in our lives.
Am happy to know about these efforts by the Indian Embassy in Egypt to popularise Yoga among people of Egypt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a great believer in the benefits of yoga, has been at the forefront of popularising Yoga globally. Modi has on several occasions shared his thoughts on the significance of Yoga saying :
“Yoga embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment.”
The United Nations had recently adopted an India-led resolution in December 2014 that declared June 21 as International Yoga Day and 177 nations supported the proposal. At that time UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, “Yoga can contribute to resilience against non-communicable diseases and can bring communities together in an inclusive manner that can generate respect.”
Niti Central has learned that the Indian Embassy in its attempt to bring this discipline into the general consciousness of the people has integrated yoga classes into the ‘India Days’ programme with yoga instructor Bharat Singh conducting special yoga sessions.
In another initiative, sources informed Niti Central, the Indian Embassy is including a ‘Well-being Weekend’ that will have yoga, meditation and Ayurveda consultations in the 3rd edition of the ‘India by the Nile’ annual festival.
The ‘India by the Nile’ is a month-long festival of Performing and Visual Arts that showcases the cultural wealth of India. It aims to bring Egyptian audiences closer to the artistic riches of India, through film screenings, music and dance performances, literature evenings, a visual art exhibition, as well as allow them to taste authentic Indian cuisine.
The popular Al Azhar Park in Cairo, which is listed among 60 of the World’s Great Places, has been booked for two days as the venue to present yoga to Egypt in a major way during the festival.
According to sources, the Indian Embassy has also sent a proposal to Aayush, which is the separate Ministry for Yoga and Ayurveda constituted by Mr Modi, to depute a Master yoga teacher and two Ayurveda experts for the festival. The festival will also have an exhibition of Ayurveda products. Niti Central has learnt that the Indian Embassy also plans to engage the Yoga master from India to conduct workshops at several Yoga schools in Cairo.
Taking the lead on promotion of Yoga since the announcement by the United Nations in December that International Yoga Day will be observed on June 21, the Indian Embassy in Egypt has also organised a Press conference in the Chancery, the administrative complex of the embassy. The conference included the screening of a film on yoga and had live demonstrations by their yoga instructor explained sources to Niti Central.
Modi’s dream to present Yoga to the world seems to be getting closer– especially in Egypt with these efforts of the Indian Embassy. While Bollywood has for long been seen as a vehicle of India’s Soft Power the world over, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts India has acquired a new instrument to conduct its Public Diplomacy and connect with people across the world through Yoga.
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