The South Asian Times

22 June 2018 18:47 PM

Practice yoga to relieve stress, says CG

Special to The South Asian Times

New York: Consul General Riva Ganguly Das has urged the Indian-American community and others to practice yoga and meditation to improve their physical as well as mental health.

“It is a great stress reliever,” she told a midmorning crowd assembled on the premises of Queens Museum facing the Unisphere in Corona Park on June 10. The event was described as a prelude to the International Yoga Day celebrations later this month.

The crowd of about 30 people were mostly Indians. A few Americans there all wore a yoga T-shirt on a pleasant day. She appreciated the organizers of their third annual event.

According to a Jain muni, who was present at the event, the ancient yogic discipline bolsters positive thinking and helps lead to world peace. Assemblyman David Weprin was represented by his staffer Harpreet Singh Toor, who said when there is peace all around us, we all end up doing better.

Councilman Peter Vallone, who turned 50 the day before, expressed his best wishes for the participants. Several yogic exercises and pranayama (breathing) techniques were demonstrated and the participants enthusiastically practiced them.
Co-sponsors included the Indian Business Association and the Nritya Kala Kendra International Academy.

Organizations that took part in the event included the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation, Brahma Kumaris and Urban Yogis.

On June 19, two days before the UN-declared International Yoga Day is celebrated all over the world, the Indian consulate is organizing a four-hour program at Battery Park, near the Statue of Liberty, beginning at 5pm.

In this regard, the event at Times Square is scheduled for June 21st. It is an all-day event but Consul General (Mrs.) Riva Ganguly Das and Consulate Officials will be present from 11:00 AM to 12: 00 PM. Those interested in covering the event are requested to send their names by Friday noon to the NY Consulate. Only those names which are received will be allowed to cover the event at the Times Square.

Update: 19 June, 2017