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United Nations Relations

UPF Celebrates First International Day of Yoga

New York, USA—On June 21, UPF International celebrated International Day of Yoga at New York's Lincoln Center as a co-sponsor of a program organized by the Global Citizen Forum, founded by Dr. B. K. Modi. The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was also a co-sponsor, and was represented by the High Representative, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, who delivered remarks during the program, emphasizing “the key role yoga can play in bridging the cultural and religious gaps among people.” The featured yoga master was Shri Shri Ravi Shankar who guided the nearly 3,000 live participants, and hundreds of thousands more online through a webcast, in the fundamentals of yoga and its relevance to health, stress reduction and human flourishing.  The UN General Assembly agreed in 2014, following a recommendation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dedicate June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

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