Singapore High Commission plans virtual yoga week to mark International Day of Yoga

The High Commission of India in Singapore has planned a week of virtual yoga sessions, webinars and interactions along the theme of 'Yoga from Home' to mark the sixth International Day of Yoga celebrations (IDY) 2020.

This year, due to the prevailing restrictions in view of the COVID situation, the IDY 2020 will be held through online and virtual sessions, which would include live demonstrations, interactive meetings and webinars, a high commission statement read.

About 10,000 participants are expected to attend the multiple sessions from their homes.
IDY session in 2019 at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. About 10,000 participants are expected to attend the multiple sessions from their homes this year. Photo: Connected to India

“For this year, we have onboard a good team of experts from India and elsewhere who will be available virtually,” said India’s High Commissioner to Singapore Jawed Ashraf in a special message ahead of the celebrations.

"The thrust of the celebrations would be on Yoga From Home, to encourage people to practice Yoga at their homes with participation from the entire family. As the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, themes of IDY 2020 will be on health and wellness, building immunity, dealing with emotional and psychological challenges, including anxiety and depression," he added.

About 10,000 participants are expected to attend the multiple sessions from their homes.

HCI has partnered with more than 40 yoga organisations and will be organising more than 100 virtual/online sessions and also associated with four partners in organising three webinars on Yoga and one on Ayurveda.

The theme of the Ayurveda webinar is 'Preventive Healthcare and Building of Immunity through Ayurveda'.

The high commission also announced that the Ministry of AYUSH and Indian Council of Cultural Relations are organising a video blogging competition MyLifeMyYoga to inspire people to become active participants in the observation of IDY 2020 and encourage them to practice yoga at home.

The competition is in six categories, three each for males and females – below 18, above 18 and professionals. The competition will support participation via the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Since the first International Day of Yoga in 2015, countries across the world have been celebrating this day every year. 

In 2019, HCI made a sort of record by organising over 180 sessions at more than 120 venues in Singapore. The celebrations have witnessed a high level of public participation, reflecting its rising popularity across the world. Do watch this video from the last year's IDY.