(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) When the sun settles down on June 20, thousands of people are expected to gather at Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the fifth International Day of Yoga.
The annual event held to raise awareness about the many benefits of practising yoga will see experts from nine schools in action from 7pm on Thursday. Apart from Abu Dhabi-based Indian performers, there will be diverse nationalities, including Emirati, American, Venezuelan, Japanese, Lebanese and more who will do varieties like laughter yoga, face yoga, integration of yoga with dances and the like.
International Day of Yoga is on June 21 but marked in Abu Dhabi a day earlier for more families to get together and benefit from the amalgam of experts at one place, Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri said during a media interaction held at the Indian Embassy.
"Yoga is for public good. This is India's contribution to humanity and the world. Keeping with the true spirit of yoga, we are determined to make it as inclusive as possible. Different yoga groups and schools will join us," the ambassador said.
Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan will be the chief guest and he will join the proceedings from 8pm.
There will be 45-minute Common Yoga Protocol developed by accomplished gurus.
There will be sets of yoga postures for children, youths and all sections of people.
Entry to the park will be free to all and yoga mats and T-shirts will be provided to all participants. There will be food stalls and other cultural events to keep the families engaged throughout the event.
The embassy, with support of corporate houses and community associations, is going extra mile to promote the concept of yoga for peace and harmony. In the run-up, enthusiasts performed yoga at iconic locations like Emirates Palace, Etihad Towers and Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum. These sessions were organised with the support of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi.
The embassy will take the campaign to the Eastern Region by marking the occasion at Jahili Public Park in Al Ain on June 28.
Yoga enthusiasts can register for the Abu Dhabi event at http://bit.do/IDY-2019-registration and for Al Ain event at http://indianpeoplesforumalain.org.