Egyptians participate in Int'l Day of Yoga organized by Indian embassy

Reham El-Adawi , Sunday 23 Jun 2024

Scores of Egyptians participated in the "Yoga at Iconic Place" contest organized by the embassy of India in Cairo to celebrate the 2024 International Day of Yoga in various governorates across Egypt.

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Ambassador of India Ajit Gupte, his wife, Major-General Mohamed Sultan with Yoga practioners at Al-Horreya Public Park

 

The 10th edition of the International Day of Yoga (IDY) was globally observed on 21 June under the theme "Yoga for Self and Society."

On Friday, the Indian embassy in Cairo hosted a significant event at the Horreya Public Park in Zamalek.

After Indian Ambassador to Egypt Ajit Gupte and Major-General Mohamed Sultan, chairman of the board of directors of the Specialized Gardens Sector (Cairo Governorate), delivered welcoming speeches to the audience, participants engaged in a common yoga protocol.

Chief guests of the IDY celebrations included Amr Haddad, first under-secretary and head of Central Department for Sports Development at the Ministry of Youths and Sports; Rawan Lashein, member of the House of Representatives; Sayed Hozayen, under-secretary at the Ministry of Youths and Sports; Amal Abdallah, dean of Faculty of Sports Education for Girls; and Walid Abdel-Razek, dean of Faculty of Sports Education for Boys.

They also included Samir Abdel-Aziz, president of the Union of Youth Workers; Ibrahim Ahmed, director general of Heliopolis Sporting Club; Mohamed Wahba, director general of El Shams Sporting Club; and Rania Yehia, a social media influencer.

In his speech, Ambassador Gupte said he was happy to see the spread of Yoga lovers in Egypt.

"Yoga is the valuable gift of the ancient Indian civilization to the world," Gupte added.

“Yoga addresses spiritual, mental, and physical aspects, and so it helps people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which enhances harmony between mind, soul, and body. Yoga does not only improve health and well-being but also promotes inner peace as it prevents stress-related disorders," the ambassador continued.

 

Ambassador of India Ajit Gupte, his wife, Major-General Mohamed Sultan, directors of the sports club, with Yoga practitioners.

 

“Keeping these objectives in mind, 21 June is celebrated as the International Day of Yoga after the adoption of the resolution proposed by the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and co-sponsored by 177 nations, including Egypt, at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. The objective behind that decision was to increase awareness regarding the valuable benefits of Yoga and globally promote the adoption of a healthy and peaceful lifestyle based on Yoga," he noted.

Yoga all year!
 

This year’s celebration was marked by a series of curtain-raiser Yoga events across Egypt, including in Luxor, Hurghada, Alexandria, Minya, and Ismailia.

The Indian Cultural Centre, in collaboration with the Nasr Club and Gezira Sporting Club, has organized a special Yoga workshop on weight management, spine strengthening, and stress relief.

The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) spearheaded the "Yoga at Iconic Place" contest.

Many young Egyptians shared amazing photos doing Yoga poses at iconic tourist places in Egypt, including the Pyramids of Giza; Luxor Temple; the Nile River and the Red Sea; and the Black and White Deserts.

"The embassy tweeted photos showing Egyptians practising yoga in front of the Great Pyramids, the Karnak Temple, and the Red Sea," Ambassador Gupte said. 

"I am happy to tell you that this became the most popular tweet posted by all the Indian embassies across the world 42,000 retweets!"

 

Yoga practitioner in Egypt's Red Sea governorate. Photo credit of the Indian embassy in Cairo.

 

More than 20,000 Egyptians participated in various Yoga events held by the Indian embassy throughout the year.

The Ministry of Youths and Sports has supported the Indian embassy in Cairo in organizing various Yoga activities in several governorates across the country.

On Friday, PM Modi highlighted the growing popularity of Yoga in Egypt during the IDY 2024 celebrations in Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir. 

He also praised young Egyptian men and women for sharing Yoga poses at famous tourist locations like the Pyramids.

 

Yoga practitioner took part in #Yoga At Iconic Place contest. Photo credit of the Indian embassy in Cairo.

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