International Yoga Festival, 2016 -A Brief Introduction

Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India and Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) organized the ‘International Yoga Fest (IYF), a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY)’, 2016 to sensitize the masses regarding celebration of IDY. It is the first ever grand 3-day event being organised at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, 110004 from 20-22 April, 2016.International Yoga Festival

Inauguration of International yoga festival

The International Yoga Festival was inaugurated by Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India on 20th April, 2016 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium. Eminent Yoga gurus and Yoga masters such as Dr. H. R. Nagendra, Chancellor, SVYASA, Bengaluru; Shri O.P. Tiwari, Secretary, Kaivalyadham, Lonavla, Pune;  Smt. Hamsa Jaydeva, Director, The Santacruz Mumbai;  Dr. Chinmaya Pandey,Pro VC, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya,  Haridwar;  Padma Shri Swami Bharat Bhushan, Mokshayatan International Yoga Ashram, Saharanpur; Sister Shivani, Brahma Kumaris Iswariya, Mount Abu;  Swami Ullasa, Isha Yoga Foundation, Coimbatore;  Dr. Jaydeep Arya, Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Haridwar;  Smt. Kamlesh Barwal, Art of Living, Bangalore and Sadvi Bhagavati Saraswati were the Guests of Honour.

Sh. Ajit M. Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India also graced the occasion.

Among the presence of all distinguished Guests of Honour; Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India released the Common Yoga Protocol DVDs for International Day of Yoga.

In addition, many acclaimed yoga gurus and masters like Dr. S K Jain, Adhyatma Sadhan Kendra

Preksha International, New Delhi; Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj, Department of Yoga Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar; Dr. Chandrasinh Zhala, Lakulish Yoga University, Ahmedabad; Sh. Prashant Iyenger, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune; Ms. Nivedita Joshi, Yogashraya, New Delhi; Dr. Rajvi H Mehta, Iyengar Yogashraya, Mumbai and many more from the yoga fraternity were participated in the event. The inaugural function was followed by Yoga Demonstration by Divyangas (differently abled Persons) by the children of Shri Yogishwar Vividoddhesha Samsthe, Karnataka and dance performance by Ms. Reela Hota a well known Odissi dancer.

Cultural programmes of the fest

The programme starts from 7 am and lasts up to 7.30 pm. During this period,  excellent yoga demonstrations, Special Yoga Techniques, Yoga Demo by Divyangas (differently abled Persons) , Cultural programmes, Isha Music, Santsang, Book and Yoga appliances Exhibitions and many more by the participants representing many well known yoga institutions of the country.Live Yoga Demo by Divyangas (Differently abled persons)

Live Yoga Demo by Divyangas (Differently abled persons)

Seminar on Dr. BKS Iyenger

A day seminar on life sketch and contributions of Padam Vibhushan Dr. BKS Iyenger for the promotion and development of yoga led by Sh. Prashant Iyenger and his expert team has been conducted on 21 April, 2016

Participating leading yoga institutes

About 14 leading  yoga institutions of the country mentioned below participated in the event and stalls displaying their Yoga related litterateurs and Ayurveda products etc. which were drawing attention of the visitors. These institutions were also organised parallel workshops by well known Yoga Masters.

  1. The Art of Living, Bangalore
  2. Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Haridwar
  3. Isha Foundation, Coimbatore
  4. Mokshayatan International Yogashram, Saharanpur
  5. SVYASA University, Bangalore
  6. Ramamani Iyenger Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune
  7. The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Mumbai
  8. Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, Pune
  9. Brahama Kumaries Ishwariya Vishvavidyalaya, Mount Abu
  10. Adhyatam Sadhana Kendra Prekesha International, New Delhi
  11. Krishnamachari Yoga Mandiram, Chennai
  12. Swami Ram Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh
  13. Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar
  14. Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi

On 22nd April, 2016 parallel workshops by yoga masters, yoga techniques, yoga demos, satsang, discourses, cultural programmes, etc. including Quiz competition and lectures by eminent speakers like Dr. MV Bhole, Former Joint Director of Research, Kaivalyadhama, Pune and Dr. BN Gangadhar, NIMHANS, Bangaluru were scheduled from 7 am onwards.

Image : Common Yoga Protocol – International Day of Yoga 2016


Valedictory functions of the fest

The Valedictory function of the International Yoga Fest held at 5.00 pm on 22nd April, 2016  at Talkatora Indoor Stadium. Sh. Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs, Govt. of India was  the Chief Guest. Swami Baba Ramdev, Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Haridwar; Swami Shanteshananda, Ramkrishna Mission; Sister Shivani, Brahma Kumaris Iswariya, Mount Abu; Shri Rajiv Chanchani and Dr. M V Bhole  were the Guests of Honour.  Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India presided over the Valedictory Function. Sh. Ajit M Saran, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH was also present to grace the occasion and to deliver the keynote address.

Total 3, 000 yoga enthusiasts from various parts of the country participated daily in the event.

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