Yoga practitioners and enthusiasts gathered at Paphos harbour this morning to celebrate International Yoga Day with a free yoga session organised by the High Commission of India in Cyprus, in collaboration with Paphos municipality.
The event, which aims to raise awareness of yoga and meditation while also helping individuals in adopting a more holistic approach to life, was held for the eighth consecutive year by the High Commission of India in Cyprus under the theme “Yoga for Harmony and Peace.”
Ms. Madhumita Hazarika Bhagat, the High Commissioner of India in Cyprus, told those in attendance that yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual Indian discipline that dates back 5,000 years. “The ancient art of Yoga emerged thousands of years ago for humankind’s physical and spiritual well-being,” she said. “The Sanskrit word ‘yoga’ means ‘to join or to merge,’ symbolising the unity of body and consciousness.”
Children from the International School of Paphos, as well as Paphos mayor Phedon Phedonos and other guests, were in attendance. The event, which was also broadcast live on Indian television, is held every year on June 21 to commemorate the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day of the year.