International Day of Yoga 2018


Join the International Day of Yoga (IDY) Celebrations in Dubai with Art of Living & Indian Consulate

An ancient practice, forgotten for decades, has now not only been revived but has assumed the dynamic proportions of mighty waves all around the world. The recognition of a practice that evokes much-needed happiness, calm, and peace of mind has given impetus to a declaration by the United Nations of a day in a year dedicated to Yoga. A global event, IDY was launched in 2014 after the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga after India’s proposal won approval from 176 countries. Since its launch, tens of thousands have participated for previous events in 2015 and 2016. It has strengthened the resolve of millions across the globe to prioritize health in their lives.

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Prelude to International Day of Yoga at Indian Consulate in Dubai

To this end, the Art of Living foundation has reinforced its commitment to the importance of health and happiness that was initiated way back in 1981 when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar set up the not-for-profit organization. Its happiness mantra has reached millions around the world, be they stressed-out corporate people, or compelled-to-achieve school children, or those affected by wars, displacement, abuse, or those who have been disabled by addictions, or those who want to just increase their happiness quotient and spread it far and wide. This year, with millions of yoga enthusiasts and associations world over, Art of Living will be celebrating life, health, and happiness across the globe, with its founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, currently traveling across Europe inspiring people with the knowledge and wisdom of yoga & meditation.

What’s Happening in UAE?

As part of International Yoga Day Celebration in the UAE, the Art of Living Foundation conducts special yoga sessions throughout the month at various venues in the city. To further the awareness of yoga, enthusiastic Art of Living volunteers worldwide joined a #PromiseToYoga challenge as well. This has gained great involvement on social media. A special worldwide Art of Living yoga initiative themed “Sun Never Sets On Yoga” – a 24hr journey of Sun Salutations across the globe – sets the stage in a prelude to the International Yoga Day. In Dubai, yoga enthusiasts performed the Sun Salutations at the iconic Dubai Frame.

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Sun Never Sets On Yoga – International Day of Yoga, Art of Living, Dubai at Dubai Frame

This year the foundation has joined hands with the Indian Consulate in UAE for the 4th IDY 2018 celebrations in Dubai and other Emirates. Some highlights are children from various schools performing Yoga Dance and a fun Yoga Competition to be managed by AOL at the event with great prizes to be won.

A special yoga session was conducted to mark the prelude to the IDY 2018 at the beginning of the month at the consulate. Further to this, a Mega Sri Sri Yoga Program, a special 10-hour program designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living, is being currently conducted around the world including Dubai from June 17 – 21. This special course in Dubai is being conducted by an international faculty, Mr. Rajesh Jagasia and has more than 100 participants practicing & learning yoga and meditation, the fun way. The concluding day of this program Mr. Rajesh Jagasia will join Padma Shri awardee Ms. Nouf Marwaai, Founder Arab Yoga, Saudi Arabia’s very first yoga teacher and conduct a session on Common Yoga Protocol.

The highlight of the main IDY event includes a special live session with His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar & message from Prime Minister of India. The main event is expected to have more than 8000 Yoga Enthusiasts joining at Zabeel Park on June 21st.

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Rajesh Jagasia Sri Sri Yoga, International Day of Yoga, Art of Living Dubai

International Faculty, Rajesh Jagasia of Art of Living

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Making Yoga Fun To Learn With Sri Sri Yoga, International Day of Yoga, Art of Living Dubai

On June 22, thousands of yoga enthusiasts will take part in the event to be organized at Expo Centre Sharjah. The center has already received 1,800 registrations and is expecting more. On the same day, several others will take part in the yoga events conducted in all other Emirates.

Consulate General of India, Dubai, has organized these events across all emirates in association with Dubai Sports Council, Ministry of AYUSH, India, Art of Living and many other yoga & wellness providers.

For the main event, enthusiasts can simply walk in with their yoga mats for joining the celebrations at Zabeel Park, Dubai (Entry through gate # 3) on 21st June 2018 from 6 pm onwards.

Find the event details across the country here: 

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About Art of Living

Founded by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living is a not-for-profit organization that operates globally in 155 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people. The Art of Living offers stress-elimination programs, which include breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga. These programs have helped millions around the world to overcome stress, depression, and violent tendencies. 
The Art of Living has also spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, and environmental sustainability.  For more details visit –

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