Consulate General of India in New York in partnership with Times Square Alliance host the International Day of Yoga celebrations, at Times Square in New York on Sunday. (PTI)
By Yoshita Singh :
OVER 3,000 people spread their mats at the iconic Times Square here and performed Yoga asanas keeping in mind social distancing guidelines to celebrate the International Yoga Day as the city opens up following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consulate General of India, New York in partnership with Times Square Alliance hosted the 7th International Day of Yoga celebrations on Sunday at the popular city destination, known as the crossroads of the world. The day-long celebration themed as Solstice Event was attended by more than 3000 people. The International Yoga day is commemorated with much enthusiasm and fanfare at Times Square every year. As the city opened up following the COVID-19 pandemic, people turned out in huge numbers for the day-long celebration that included yoga, meditation and exercise sessions by renowned yoga practitioners.
With Yoga mats spread out keeping in mind social distancing guidelines, people from various walks of life and nationalities performed Yoga asanas and exercises in the middle of Times Square, surrounded by its distinctive giant and towering LED screens as people and tourists stopped to look and participate in the commemoration. “While we celebrate Yoga in various parts of the world, celebrating yoga here in Times Square is very special, very unique. More importantly, yoga is a universal idea and universal thought, a universal action. And what better place than Times Square to celebrate a universal thought. This is the crossroads of the world,” India’s Consul General Randhir Jaiswal said in his address to the Yoga Day celebrations here.
Jaiswal, joined by Deputy Consul General Shatrughna Sinha and senior officials from the Consulate, as well as members of the Indian diaspora, also participated in the yoga sessions conducted during the commemoration. Leading Yoga instructor Ruchika Lal led a Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation session during the day. “Yoga is about health, but it’s also about a lifestyle. Yoga has various interpretations, dimensions - spirituality, health and philosophy. We must celebrate yoga today, tomorrow and for all times. “Yoga is about health. Yoga is about living in harmony with nature. Yoga is about unity and togetherness. That is what Times Square represents. And most important of all, yoga enables you to experience the human self in the deepest form,” Jaiswal said.