Mysore to be ‘crucial part’ of International Day of Yoga

Given its emergence “as the yoga capital of India with specialists in various forms of yoga like Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga etc.”, Mysore will be a focal point of the first International Day of Yoga.

That’s from a news report in the Bangalore Mirror (from which I took the description of Mysore’s being India’s yoga capital):

Ayush and health & family welfare departments are planning to hold yoga marathons, called Yogathons on June 21 in Bengaluru and Mysuru as part of celebrations across the world after the United Nations recently announced that day to be celebrated as International Yoga Day.

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“The reason why Mysuru is being shortlisted is that it has a tremendous number of yoga teachers and they have their own network. Over the years Mysuru has emerged as the yoga capital of India with specialists in various forms of yoga like Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga etc. They have done better than most Indian cities which is why it has to be a crucial part when we observe the first International Yoga day this year,” he said.

The quote’s from Vijaykumar Gogi, director, department of Ayush, which you’ll recall is the government agency that Prime Minister Narendra Modi created to focus on Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy.

According to the report, an exact venue in Mysore hasn’t been picked yet.

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