June 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am

On Sunday 17 June 2018, The Embassy of India in The Hague invites family and friends of all ages to join them to celebrate The International Day of Yoga on Amsterdam’s iconic Museumplein.

As His Excellency Mr Venu Rajamony, himself a keen advocate of yoga, explains: ‘Yoga is the science of good health.’

Take part in a world-wide movement

The Ambassador firmly believes that yoga can benefit people of all ages, helping them discover an inner calm, as well as greater physical flexibility. He believes this holistic approach, which is spiritual, rather than religious, promotes harmony and can contribute to the happiness, peace and prosperity of a nation. As such, he has ambitions to promote Amsterdam as ‘the yoga capital of Europe’.

The Festival is all about participation and visitors are encouraged to bring yoga mats and wear comfortable clothes. World-renowned spiritual guru, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, will conduct a meditation session, with the participation of up to 200 yoga schools from throughout The Netherlands.

‘Yoga is interpreted in different ways by different teachers. It combines aerobics and acrobatics and many innovations,’ his Excellency explains.

A festival for the whole family

There will be workshops and meditation sessions for children and families, in both English and Dutch, accompanied by Indian fusion music and live musicians. Visitors will be entertained throughout the day by a variety of dance performances, and the Grand Finale will feature a Soul Shanti Concert by violin maestro, Dr L Subramanian, and popular Bollywood singer, Kavita Krishnamurthy.

Food trucks will serve vegetarian and vegan food, as well as nonalcoholic beverages, another reminder that yoga is more than just a pastime: it can be combined with other elements of diet and lifestyle to provide concrete benefits to health.

This is the 4th edition of the event and the first to be held in the open air, previous editions having taken place in The Hague’s City Hall. His Excellency sincerely hopes that the Dutch weather will be kind but acknowledges that rain could be a factor. This doesn’t even slightly dampen his enthusiasm to share yoga with us as ‘India’s gift to mankind’.

Come have fun

The Ambassador’s enthusiastic message to visitors is “to come have fun” in what promises to be a memorable exhibition of Indian culture in an atmospheric European setting.

The International Day of Yoga runs from 11:00 to 19:00 and will be opened by the Mayor of Amsterdam, H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar and Ambassador Venu Rajamony. Entry is free, but visitors are encouraged to register in advance, at www.indiainnl.nl where they will find more information about the timetable and planned activities.