A yoga practitioner celebrates the IDY (Photo courtesy of the MACIC)
Since 2015, the Indian embassy in Cairo has celebrated the International Day of Yoga with events in a number of Egyptian cities, but this year, the event is moving online in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
A large number of yoga enthusiasts have already participated in the contest “My Yoga My Life,” a global video-blogging contest announced by the Indian government to mark this year’s International Yoga Day.
In addition, Cairo’s Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) is offering various online activities in the run-up to the day.
Workshops have been conducted for some Egyptian companies and their employees, for diplomats and their families, and for media workers.
Studies have shown that yoga helps in boosting productivity, improves decision-making skills, and increases the ability to multitask.
The UN General Assembly in 2014 approved a proposal co-sponsored by 177 countries to create an annual day celebrating the practice.
Those interested in taking part in this year’s can join a live celebration in Arabic on the official Facebook page of the Maulana Azad Centre or in English on the official Facebook of the embassy at 6pm on Sunday.