Houstonians celebrate International Yoga Day with sun salutation and breathing exercises



HOUSTON: Rolling out colorful mats to bend and twist their bodies into complex postures, perform deep breathing exercises, and salute the sun amid a humid but cloudy evening, thousands of yoga lovers in Texas and the States American neighbors Arkansas, Kansas and Colorado celebrated the 7th International Day of Yoga, inside and out.
The week-long free events, which started last week with webinars, had everything for yoga lovers, from interactive sessions, from live demonstrations to collective yoga sessions for harmony and peace consisting of asanas (yoga poses), relaxation techniques, pranayama (practice of regulating the breath) as well as meditation.
Yoga enthusiasts were thrilled to practice yoga against the beautiful waterfront backdrop in San Antonio on June 19, in the lush green lawn of Houston‘s Bayou Park on Sunday and on the lawns of India House on Monday.
For many, it was their first post-Covid restriction yoga session outdoors. “I wanted to attend this yoga session because it is one of a kind. We missed it last year due to Covid restrictions, “said Ishya K, a student who drove more than two hours to attend the event.
The Consulate General of India in Houston, in partnership with Patanjali Yogpeeth (US) and several supportive communities and organizations, made this year’s yoga-related events possible, after an online event last year in due to Covid restrictions.
“It is with pleasure that we bring together a large number of Houstonians and various institutions to celebrate the 7th International Yoga Day in a dignified manner,” said Aseem Mahajan, Consul General of India in Houston.
“The theme for this year’s International Yoga Day is“ Yoga for Wellness. ”The current global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for healthier choices and lifestyles that promote good health, ”he said.
“As a yoga practitioner myself, I encourage Texans and the other states we serve, such as Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and New Mexico, to practice yoga because it helps stimulate the respiratory and immune systems, manage lifestyle diseases, stress and lead a healthy and balanced life, ”added Mahajan.
Dr Lorenzo Cohen, Integrative Medicine Program Director at MD Anderson Cancer Center, in a message wished everyone a wonderful experience on International Yoga Day.
“If more people lived a yogic lifestyle, we would definitely have less disease in the world, we would be able to recover better from disease, and we would have fewer wars and more peace,” Cohen said.
MD Anderson has been providing yoga therapy to cancer patients, survivors and loved ones for a decade now. It is among the recommended clinical practice guidelines to help patients manage fatigue, manage their nausea, improve cognitive functioning, improve their quality of life and overall well-being.
David Frawley, Padma Bhushan Award Winner and Leading Expert in Yoga, Ayurveda and Astrology, during a webinar titled “Relevance of Yoga and Ayurveda to Daily Life,” said, “Yoga provides the key to righteous living at all levels of body, mind and conscience. “
“Yoga promotes well-being, peace, longevity and self-realization. We should all learn to access the power of Pranayama to heal the body and purify the mind, as well as its Ayurvedic support practices,” he said. Frawley, who is also the director of the American Institute of Vedic studies, told the webinar hosted by CGI Houston on June 17.
Dr Subhash Kak, a Padma Shri Award winner and expert in Indian Vedic Studies, in another webinar titled “Yoga and Science” on June 16, suggested that yoga groups in India take leadership in the formation of alliances to lobby for insurance support for yoga. therapy.
“It would be easier to get government support after that,” he said.
June 21, the longest day in the northern hemisphere, is celebrated as International Yoga Day around the world after the United Nations General Assembly adopted in 2014 a proposal mentioned by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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