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 The Ambassador - on celebration of International Day of Yoga in Portugal
 
 The Ambassador - on presence of famous personalities during International Day of Yoga
 
 The Ambassador - on Yoga in Portugal and the Portuguese Yoga Confederation
 
 The Ambassador - on participation in International Day of Yoga
 
 Statement of Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája, for the All India Radio - FM Gold
 
 Yoga flash-mob by Portuguese Yoga Confederation at Saldanha, Lisbon on June 17, 2015
 
 Interview of Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája, President of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation, in the programme "A tarde é sua" of TVI on June 4, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BozbxIjQZLo
 
 The Ambassador and Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája, President of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation, being interviewed by the celebrity broadcaster, Herman Josse, on Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), Portugal's main public television and radio broadcaster
http://www.rtp.pt/play/p1630/e198776/ha-tarde
 
 Global Yoga Class based on the Common Yoga Protocol during the International Day of Yoga in Lisbon (Portugal)
https://youtu.be/YxIl9KqBj2U
 
 International Day of Yoga celebrations at Lisbon - The release of the Commemorative Post Card, Ambassador's address to the gathering and Presentation of books by the Ambassador 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8wH-Q2Xpbg
 

Press Release : Commemoration of the International Day of Yoga June 21, 2015 –Summer Solstice

On June 21, 2015, thePortuguese Yoga Confederation and the Embassy of India
will jointlycommemorate the International Day of Yoga, with support from the
City of Lisbon. The celebrations will begin at 08:00 hours at theProf. Moniz Pereira Stadium, with the message from the Prime Minister of India, Shrí Narendra Modi, followed by a Global Yoga Class based on the Common Yoga Protocol developed in India.

On September 27, 2014, while addressing the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister urged the world community to adopt the International Day of Yoga. India’s draft resolution on declaring June 21 the International Day of Yoga was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, within 75 days of its introduction. The resolution was co-sponsored by 177 of the 193 member states, the highest number of co-sponsoring countries ever for such a resolution in the United Nations.

At 10:00 hours a ceremony will begin with the release of a Commemorative Postcardby CTT Correios de Portugal, honouring the event, in the presence of dignitaries in attendance. This will be followed by remarks by the Ambassador
, Dr. Jitendra Nath Misra, Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája, President of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation and Mr. Jorge Máximo, Councilor for Sports and Information Systems in the Municipality of Lisbon.

The activities of the day will include recognition of the key figures in Yoga, Yoga demonstrations and a Yoga Master Class, a Bharatanatyam classical dance, a musical performance by Ajay Sharma on the sitar and Rão Kyao on the flute, an Aria by Luís Peças, a Sufi dance and a performance by the Omkára – Choir Orchestra. There will be a special Yoga session for children.

As a prelude to the celebrations, there will be a flash-mob at Saldanha from 18:00 to 18:20 hours on June 17, 2015. Yoga instructors and practitioners from the Portuguese Yoga Confederation will initiate Asanas and invite the participation of the general public. On June 20, 2015, there will be an international conference on Yoga at the Champalimaud Foundation, and a concluding reception on June 22, 2015.

The International Day of Yoga has the Art of Living of Portugal as a partner, with the collaboration of ISKCON / Hare Krishna of Portugal, and the participation of the Brahma Kumaris of Portugal. Others present will include Master Rupa (of the Ginásio Clube Português), Professor António Pedro – the first Portuguese Yoga teacher, and Master Maria Helena Freitas Branco, who will honor the Yoga teacher Maria Emília.

On April 8, 2015 Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája was awarded the Padma Shri, a high civilian award of the Government of India, beingthe first Portuguese to have this honour. According to him “On June 21, thousands of persons all over the world will show how this millennial philosophy and its benefits can unite humanity – regardless of their race, religion or party – on behalf of a common purpose, peace on the planet.” “What unites us is more important than what separates us,” he underlines.

In 2001, the Portuguese Yoga Confederation proposed the celebration of WorldYoga Day on June 21, the Summer Solstice, and has been celebrating World Yoga Day since 2002. In 2011, the Confederation was a partner in the Yoga Summit at Bengaluru, India, where the main Yoga schools endorsed the celebration of World Yoga Day on June 21. In 2012, Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája proposed this concept. In 2013, the Portuguese Parliamentunanimously approved a motion to support the commemoration of World Yoga Day on June 21. The Confederation and the Embassy of India collaborated to celebrate World Yoga Day on June 21, 2014 with attendance from India, the U.S., Spain, Italy, Greece, Russia, and other countries.

Yoga symbolizes the union of the individual consciousness with that of the universal consciousness, creating harmony between mind and body, man and nature, as well as promoting a holistic approach to health and well-being. Harmony and peace is the essence of Yoga. June 21 holds special significance, being the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. The International Day of Yoga is envisioned as a day without bloodshed, when humanity is unitedin demonstration of its respect for ethnic and cultural diversity, and inter-religious tolerance.

 

June 16, 201

International Day of Yoga – IDY / Dia Internacional do Yoga
Pista de Atletismo Professor Moniz Pereira, Alta de Lisboa
June 21, 2015


8:00 h

Opening Ceremony

 

Message from H.E. the Prime Minister of India,  Shrí Narendra Modi

 

Yoga Lecture by HH Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája

 

Global Yoga Class (Based on the Common Yoga Protocol from India) – Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája and Sv. Chandra Shakti Deví

9:30 h

Media Briefing

10:00 h

Release of a Commemorative Postcard Honoring the Event by CTT Correios de Portugal

 

Yoga Demonstration- Hanuman and Nirájání

Speeches:

  • H.E. the Ambassador of India to Portugal – Dr. Jitendra Nath Misra

Presentation of Books

  • President of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation – HH Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Maha’ Raja
  • Councillor for Sports and Information Systems, Municipality of Lisbon – Dr. Jorge Máximo
  • Secretary of State for Sports and Youth – Dr. Emídio Guerreiro (TBC)
  • President of Pro Dignitate Foundation – Drª Maria Barroso

 

Bharatanatyam – Classical Indian Dance, by Kalakshetra School
Speeches from the Leaders of World Yoga Schools

 

Demonstration of Yoga for Children Followed By a Yoga Class for Children and a Yoga Class for Pregnancy – Yoga Master Gangá Deví and Rita Loureiro

 

Homage to a Senior Yogini Master, Maria Emilia da Costa

 

Yoga Demonstration from the Classical Yoga Russian Federation

 

Speeches from the Spiritual Leaders

 

Master Yoga Class – Mahá Shakti Namaskára – Sv. Chandra Shakti Devi

13:00 h

Vegetarian Lunch

Screening of the film, ”Yoga: Harmony With Nature” and Other Promotional Videos and Interviews

14:00 h

Cultural Program

 

Duet by a Famous Indian Sitar Master – Ajay Sharma, and the Renowned Portuguese Flute Player - Rão Kyao

 

Lyrical Countertenor Duet by Luís Peças and João Paulo Ferreira

 

Presentation by the Sufi Naqshbandi Order

 

Bharatanatyam Presentation – Classical Indian Dance

 

Speeches from Non Governmental Organizations

 

Presentations from Yoga Schools: Art of Living, Hare Krishna, Brahma Kumaris

18:00 h

Closing Session

 

Kírtan – Omkára Orchestra

 

Yogi of the Year Award

 
International Day of Yoga poster 1


International Day of Yoga Poster 2
 
 

Press Conference at the Municipality of Lisbon on the International Day of Yoga

 
 

Press Conference at the Municipality of Lisbon on the International Day of Yoga

 
 
 
 
 

A Yoga Class for Children During the International Day of Yoga
 

A Flash-Mob Honouring the International Day of Yoga
 

A Yoga Class During the International Day of Yoga Based on the Common Yoga Protocol.


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