The 2017 international Yoga Day celebrations in Toronto is anticipated to be the largest in North America, with an estimated participation of over 10,000 people. The International Yoga Day Canada(IYDC), a Canadian non-profit organization, is organizing the celebrations at the International Centre in Mississauga on June 25, 2017. The event will be televised live globally through broadcast, social media and is expected to reach an audience of millions across North America and India.
“International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of practising yoga,” said Indian Consul General in Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia, Chief Honorary Patron and Head of the Advisory Board of the IYDC. “The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India at the United Nations and was endorsed by a record 177 member states. The proposal was first introduced by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly,” he said, adding that “Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.”
Baba Ramdev, Indian yoga guru with a global following, will be leading the yoga practice in the morning. Sister Shivani, an Indian spiritual teacher, with a significant global following, will lead a Raj Yoga meditation session in the evening.
IYDC was founded in 2015 to propagate and popularize the practice of yoga in Canada. “The 2017 International Yoga Day celebrations are coinciding with Canada’s 150th birthday. Through our program we want to take the benefits of yoga to all Canadians to promote wellness and build a healthier and happier Canadian society,” said Satish Thakkar, Chair of the Board of Directors, IYDC. “IYDC’s 2017 celebration of the International Yoga Day will herald a new beginning in broadening the acceptance of yoga in Canada.”