International Day of Yoga 2023: Enthusiastic Celebrations throughout Houston

International Day of Yoga 2023: Enthusiastic Celebrations throughout Houston

by Vijay Pallod  for Indo American News 

HOUSTON: Houston has been celebrating International Day of Yoga for 9th year. This year, the participation extended to more than 25 organizations, including several that joined for the first time. Five of the events took place in open grounds. Even though weather was very hot, large number of people participated from both the Indo-American community and the mainstream community at large.

Yoga means to join or unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. It is a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. Health experts say Yoga improves strength and flexibility. Yoga originated in ancient India as a physical, mental, and spiritual practice. It has been celebrated worldwide since 2015 following its inception by the United National General Assembly at the suggestion of Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister.

Downtown Houston celebrated IDY 2023 on Wednesday, June 21 on the lush green landscape of Discovery Green. Event Chair Saumil Manek explained, “International Day of Yoga symbolizes Peace and Harmony. I’m truly honored to be organizing an event representing love to everyone without boundaries and building bridges so we can unite
to create all cultures.”

In the past, a majority of participants were of Indian origin. This year, less than 20 percent of participants were of Indian origin,” said Vijay Pallod, a principal volunteer. “Every year, more and more non-Indians are participating. Next year, we are planning to have one session in Spanish.”

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