The Ministry of Ayush organized a curtain-raiser press conference to share the plans and arrangements being made to celebrate the 8th edition of the International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2022 in Mysuru. The theme of this year's International Day of Yoga across the globe is 'Yoga for Humanity', as announced by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his Mann ki Baat address. The curtain-raiser press conference organized today witnessed the presence of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ayush, Ports, Shipping, and Waterways; and Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary for Ayush, Shrimati Kavita Garg, Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Ayush, and Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi, Director of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY). The highlight of the press conference was the launch of the Common Yoga Protocol booklet and the official International Day of Yoga film.
The Honorable Prime Minister will lead the IDY 2022 celebrations from the Mysuru Palace Grounds on June 21, 2022. The event will witness the participation of Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka. Nearly fifteen thousand yoga enthusiasts will perform yoga and the event will be organized with the support of members of parliament, departments of the Government of Karnataka, ministers, dignitaries, revered yoga gurus and institutions.
A static and digital exhibition has also been organized at the Dasara grounds that will appeal to beginners and experts alike and will give a holistic view of the rewarding world of Yoga. This flagship event of the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India is being co-organized with the Morarji Desai Institute of Yoga. It was shared at the press conference that Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka is personally looking into preparations for the mega event. The Government of Karnataka has formed 14 committees to ensure the event is conducted to the highest standards of excellence.
A static and a digital exhibition has also been organized at the Dasara grounds that will appeal to beginners and experts alike and will give a holistic view of the rewarding world of Yoga.Addressing the media, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal noted, "The preparations to commemorate the International Yoga Day are in full swing. Through this day, we aim to accelerate the adoption of the traditional practice and remind the world of its benefits for the mind, body, and soul. This year's theme considers the geopolitical dilemmas being faced by the world and seeks to help everyone channel their altruistic and empathetic selves.The upcoming event won't just mark a day in the calendar of cultural events, but it will mark a revolution in the way we perceive and approach health and well-being".
The 100-day countdown campaign, which was launched by the Ministry of Ayush in March of this year, has contributed to gathering massive momentum across 100 cities and 100 organizations. Falling in the year of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the International Day of Yoga will be observed around 75 iconic locations in the country.
The day would also witness the innovative 'Guardian Ring' program, which will see the streaming of all the events being organized by Indian missions abroad, beginning from the eastern part of the globe and heading towards the west along with the Sun's movement across 16 time zones. Around 80 countries will participate in the unique 'relay' program. The live streaming will begin at 3 a.m. and will continue till 10 p.m. (Indian Standard Time). The program will be live-streamed on DD India. It is expected that as many as 25 crore people will participate in IDY 2022 celebrations across the world.
The Ministry of Ayush was formed on the 9th of November 2014 with a vision of reviving the profound knowledge of our ancient systems of medicine and ensuring the optimal development and propagation of the Ayush systems of healthcare. Earlier, the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) formed in 1995, was responsible for the development of these systems. It was then renamed the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (Ayush) in November 2003 with focused attention on education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy. Sowa Rigpa was added to the list of traditional medicine systems recognized by the Ministry in 2010.