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The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented human tragedy. Beyond its immediate impact on physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated psychological suffering and mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, as pandemic-related restrictions were introduced in various forms in many countries. This has highlighted the urgent need to address the mental health dimension of the pandemic, in addition to the physical health aspects.

People around the world embraced yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allaying their fears and anxiety.

In addition to the human suffering, the COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted several key vulnerabilities of the economic and developmental models of countries around the world. Future prosperity demands that the member states rebuild differently as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The essence of yoga is balance – not just balance within the body or that between the mind and the body, but also balance in the human relationship with the world. Yoga emphasizes the values of mindfulness, moderation, discipline and perseverance. When applied to communities and societies, Yoga offers a path for sustainable living.

Yoga can be an important instrument in the collective quest of humanity for promoting sustainable lifestyle in harmony with planet Earth. In keeping with this spirit, the theme for this year’s Yoga Day celebrations is “Yoga for Humanity.”


June 6, 2022

Mysuru: With just two weeks left for the main International Day of Yoga (IDY) on June 21 where Mysureans will perform with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first official rehearsal based on common Yoga protocol was held yesterday morning at the sprawling Mysore Palace with the imposing structure in the backdrop.

In the earlier weeks, Yoga rehearsals were held at various locations to draw more and more people in the run-up to the June 21 mega event. While the first rehearsal was held at Maharaja College Grounds on May 22 and the second rehearsal was held at Suttur Mutt on May 29. The second official rehearsal based on Yoga protocol will be held next Sunday (June 12), aiming to gather 20,000 people.

This morning, over 10,000 Yoga enthusiasts including children, senior citizens, students and the public took part in the rehearsal which was inaugurated by Avadhoota Datta Peetham Seer Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji by lighting a lamp. The Swamiji also watered a sapling on the occasion marking the International Environment Day.

The 90-minute rehearsal comprised prarthane, chalana kriya (warm-up), asanas like Samasthiti, Tadasana, Vrikshasana, Padahastasana, Bhadrasana, Vajrasana, Makarasana, Ardha Halasana, Shavasana etc., Kapalbhati, Pranayama, Dhyana, Sankalpa and Shanti Mantra as mentioned in the common yoga protocol.

Ganapathy Swamiji said that Yoga was born in the ‘Narasimha’ avatar. “Lord Anjaneya preached Yoga to mankind while Patanjali Swamiji popularised it. Every action of a human being includes one or the other yoga posture,” he said.

Stating that he started Yoga at his Ashram in 1976, Ganapathy Swamiji said that many people made fun of it.  “I later started ‘Dattakriya Yoga’. Yoga must be practised at least 30 minutes a day. From ‘Hata Yoga’ one can control their body and mind. Modi’s visit to Mysuru is a pride to the district. This year’s IDY must be completely dedicated to the PM. Modi has made Yoga reach the international level,” he added.

Sri Yoganarasimhaswamy Temple, Vijayanagar Founder Bhashyam Swamiji said that Mysuru is a Clean City, Heritage City, Palace City and Cultural City. From now on after PM’s visit, it will become a Yoga City. Mysuru District Minister S.T. Somashekar and MLA S.A. Ramdas also spoke on the occasion

In-charge Mayor Sunanda Palanetra, MUDA Chairman H.V. Rajeev, Mysore Palace Board Deputy Director T.S. Subramanya, MLA L. Nagendra, Yoga Federation of Mysore President and GSS Foundation Head D. Srihari, Yogacharya Dr. Satyanarayana Jois, Yoga Federation of Mysore Vice-President Satyanarayana, Treasurer B.P. Murthy, Secretary Dr. P.N. Ganesh Kumar, Organising Secretary S. Shashi Kumar and others were present.


June 3, 2022

Mysuru: With less than 20 days to go for the all important International Yoga Day event in Mysuru on June 21, to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two top officials from Delhi held a closed door meeting in the city yesterday morning with officials of the District Administration.

Vikram Singh, Director, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi and Dr. Eshwar Basavareddy, Director, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Delhi, held talks with top officials of the District Administration at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office.

The meeting was attended by DC Dr. Bagadi Gautham, ADC Dr. B.S. Manjunathaswamy, ZP CEO B.R.Poornima, SP R. Chetan, City Police Commissioner Dr. Chandragupta, DCPs Pradeep Gunti and Geetha Prasanna, MCC Commissioner G. Lakshmikantha Reddy, MUDA Commissioner G.T. Dinesh Kumar, State AYUSH Department Commissioner Ramachandra,  Deputy Director Dr. Seetha-lakshmi and other officials.

The meeting discussed in detail  the preparations underway and security measures at the Palace premises for the grand event and also deliberated on shifting the venue to Chamundi Vihar Indoor Stadium  at the last minute, only in case of incessant rains on the day of the event.

After receiving vital inputs and other details, Vikram  Singh and Dr. Basavareddy are said to have directed the District Administration not to allow more than 12,000 participants in the Palace premises as a safety and security measure, it is learnt.

Later, Singh and Dr. Basavareddy, along with officials of the District Administration went to the Palace premises, the venue of the event, for a spot inspection. The team went around the entire premises of the Palace and discussed plans to erect two stages at two different points in Palace premises, it is learnt.

Palace Board Deputy Director T.S. Subramanya provided inputs on the geographical features of the Palace premises.


June 1, 2022
  1. India’s cherished cultural heritage, Yoga gained universal affirmation as it was inscribed on the UNESCO’s representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity on 1st December 2016.
  2. The increased global acceptance of Yoga has made IDY a mass movement for health and well-being resulting in adequate global recognition for Indian knowledge systems.
  3. Millions of health care workers and COVID-19 patients recovered fast after practicing Yogasana, pranayama, and meditation based on scientific evidence.
  4. 2 Guinness World Records were set for the maximum number of people and the maximum number of nationalities participating in a mass Yoga demonstration in 2015 on International Day of Yoga.
  5. Over 1 crore people performed Surya Namaskar across the globe on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti on 14 January 2022 to enhance vitality.
  6. Yogasana has been declared as a competitive sport by the Government of India to promote the ancient practice and spread awareness about its benefits and help improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the people.
  7. A technological revolution is occurring in Yoga with the inclusion of IDY assets, including mobile-based applications viz. Namaste Yoga, Y-Break, WHO mYoga, and Yoga portal.
  8. International Day of Yoga is being observed in 192 countriesmaking it the biggest ever event for global well-being. IDY events are also celebrated in over 170 countries through Indian Missions and Posts abroad.
  9. Hon’ble Prime Minister declared two Awards- International and National Awards for outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of Yoga.
  10. The concept of Yoga Smart cities is included in the 100 Smart Cities Mission in India to utilize the full potential of Yoga through smart solutions.
  11. More than 1,000 Universities, 30,000 colleges, and 24,000 CBSE affiliated schools have been sensitized about Common Yoga Protocol and its benefits for a healthy lifestyle and enormously to mental well-being, especially for the Youth community.
  12. 1.25 lakh wellness centres provide Yoga education for positive impulses and consistency toward holistic health.
  13. Over 2 lakh Gram Panchayats have been sensitized about regular practice of Yoga and Common Yoga Protocol for better health and well-being.
  14. Introduction of the National Yoga Olympiad in schools to reduce stress and create a sense of unity among students as Yoga brings everyone together, respecting diversity and creating harmony.
  15. Since the inception of the International Day of Yoga, thousands of women are turning to Yoga to usher towards a healthy lifestyle and enormously to mental well-being.
  16. Several differently abled people have started performing Yoga for the heap of benefits it brings regardless of any physical condition by developing resilience and spirit for holistic health.
  17. Introduction of Yoga in all uniformed services to enhance overall personality development, stress management and enabling to build strength, stability and flexibility.

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May 31, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to participate in the International Yoga Day celebrations to be held in Mysuru on June 21 as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav‘, an official communication from the Karnataka Chief Minister’s office stated on Monday.

Modi held a video conference with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to discuss the preparations for the event.

“All the preparations have been completed. The stage is set to conduct the International Yoga Day in a big way at the Mysuru Palace premises in Karnataka and I am looking forward to your arrival,” Bommai told the Prime Minister.

State Chief Secretary P Ravikumar, Additional Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma, CM’s Principal Secretary N Manjunath Prasad and other officials were present.

The Union Ministry of Ayush had earlier confirmed the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) at Mysuru city on June 21.

The Ministry had written Karnataka Chief Secretary P. Ravikumar and asked him to issue directions to all the concerned to make arrangements for the successful organisation of the main event of IDY-2022.

The letter said “the preparations for IDY-2022 are already underway. As the upcoming 8th IDY is falling in ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ year, this Ministry plans to observe IDY at 75 iconic sites across the country. This year, the IDY will be focused on Branding India on the global stage.”



May 30, 2022

Ahead of the International Day of Yoga to be celebrated on June 21, preparations for it have intensified with the Yoga Federation of Mysore stepping up its efforts.

Various preparations have gathered steam since last week when it was officially confirmed that Mysuru would be leading the IDY event in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate and perform yoga with thousands of people.

On Sunday, nearly 2,500 people took part in the rehearsal that was conducted at the Suttur Mutt near the Chamundi foothills in the presence of Suttur seer Sri Shivaratri Deshikendra Swamiji. The seer, who addressed the gathering, said that Mr. Modi himself was a yoga practitioner and hence, the event in Mysuru should be held without any glitches to make it a model for the rest of the country.

The organisers ensured that the rehearsal followed the common protocol for yoga day as stipulated by the Ministry of Ayush and there was synchronised movement to appeal to the viewers. MLA Mr. S.A. Ramdas said that the message of benefits of yoga and the imperatives of good health should be taken to the door steps of the people. With just about 3 weeks left for the event efforts should be stepped up to increase the number of registrations.

The organisers plan to rope in at least 2 lakh people to perform simultaneously and create a record besides sending a strong message that Mysuru is the home for yoga so as to give a boost to the tourism potential.

Mr. Ramdas said that every household should have a yoga practitioner taking part in the event. Next Sunday, a rehearsal will be conducted at the palace premises and the surrounding precincts and the Yoga Federation expects about 30,000 people to take part in it. There will also be a rehearsal at the Race Course grounds a few days before the actual event on June 21.


May 27, 2022

Various yoga schools and institutions in the city conducted a rehearsal of the common protocol stipulated for the International Day of Yoga, on Sunday.

The rehearsal follows after the confirmation that the city will play host to the main IDY event to be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The rehearsal entailed dhyana, pranayama and practicing the various postures stipulated in the common protocol. About 500 teachers are being trained as master trainers who in turn will impart training to other yoga enthusiasts to prepare them for the IDY to be held on June 21.

The members and office-bearers of various yoga schools and institutions, under the banner of Yoga Federation of Mysuru, also chalked out the kind of preparations that need to be completed ahead of the actual event. S.A. Ramdas, MLA, said it was an opportunity to showcase and project Mysuru to an international audience and hence advised serious preparation.

The yoga federation members have been in rehearsal mode for a month now. It will be held till the conclusion of the yoga day. It was also decided to rope in over 5,000 students from the JSS institutions for the yoga day and conduct the next round of rehearsal at the Suttur Mutt near Chamundi Hills.


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The main event of 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY-2022) demonstration  will be held at Mysuru in Karnataka on 21st June 2022. Minister of Ayush Shri Sarbanand Sonowal announced today that Mysuru has been selected as the venue for Mass Yoga Demonstration (Main Event) of 8th IDY.

As this IDY is falling in the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” year, the Ministry has also planned to observe IDY at 75 iconic locations across the country and is focusing on branding India on a global scale.

Addressing the media persons Shri Sarbanand said that apart from the main event at Mysuru another attraction on 21st June this year will be the Guardian Ring, a relay Yoga streaming event which will capture and weave together digital feed of IDY programmes organised by Indian Missions abroad. The proposed plan is to initiate the streaming from Japan, the land of rising sun, at 6 am local time.

The Minister also informed that a series of events are planned in the run up to IDY and the 25 Day Countdown is being observed at Hyderabad on May 27, wherein around 10 thousand Yoga enthusiasts will participate in the Yoga demonstration.

The event will witness the auspicious presence of the Governor of Karnataka, Union Ministers, Film Stars, Sports Persons, Celebrities, revered Yoga Gurus, eminent dignitaries, experts of Yoga and allied science, local Yoga institutions and Yoga enthusiasts.

The earlier mega countdown events were organised at Shivdol (50th Day Countdown on May 2) and Red Fort (75th Day Countdown on April 7).

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The Union Ministry of Ayush has confirmed the observance of 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) at Mysuru city, which is known as the cultural capital and major historic destination of Karnataka on June 21.
The Ministry of Ayush has written to Chief Secretary of Karnataka P Ravikumar regarding the matter and directed him to issue necessary directions to all the concerned to make arrangements for successful organisation of the main event of IDY 2022. “The preparations for IDY-2022 are already underway. As the upcoming 8th IDY is falling in ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ year, this Ministry plans to observe IDY at 75 iconic sites across the country. This year, the IDY will be focused on Branding India on the global stage,” the letter read.
Every year, the main event of IDY observation happens in a particular city where thousands of people participate in Mass Yoga Demonstration by following Common Yoga Protocol. The main event of IDY observation is led by the Prime Minister himself. The main event of this IDY observation will be held in Mysuru.


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The organisations included the Mysuru Yoga Federation and it said that they were hopeful that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would lead the Yoga Day celebrations from the city. Their hopes have been shored up following an invitation extended to the PM by Mysuru MP Pratap Simha consequent to which a team of officials from Delhi conducted site inspections recently.

The Sunday preparatory meeting was held at the Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple and the first rehearsal entailing practice of yogic exercises, pranayama and dhyana, was also conducted.

The main event of the Yoga Day will be conducted in Mysuru and banners and posters were released. The organisers said that in anticipation of the Prime Minister’s participation — though it is not officially confirmed – the yoga schools in the city will conduct an awareness drive on the Yoga Day and seek more public participation.

There are scores of yoga schools in Mysuru and they were training teachers who will impart lessons to beginners and prepare them for the yoga day, according to the organisers.