The High Commission of India organised a Yoga event at the New Zealand Parliament grounds on Monday, June 7 to generate anticipation in the build up to the upcoming International Day of Yoga 2021 later this month on June 21.

A group of Yoga teachers along with Bharatanatyam students of Natraj School of Dance performed Yoga and Dance fusion postures to connect Indian classical dance with Yoga techniques.

Yoga postures were led by Ravi Mistry of The Art of Living and Bharatanatyam postures were led by Prabha Ravi, Founder, Natraj School of Dance.

The Indian High Commission was represented by Durga Das, Second Secretary (Press, Info & Culture) and other staff members.

Speaking about this Yoga event in NZ parliament, which was more a precursor of range of Yoga events planned throughout the country in coming weeks to mark the occasion of International Day of Yoga, the High Commissioner of India, Muktesh Pardeshi said, “The event was a success as there was huge interest amongst the curious onlookers on the day.”

“It was an innovative concept of fusion of two traditional forms of art and health practice which traditionally traces their origin from India,” Mr Pardeshi said.

Yoga and Bharatanatyam both represent India’s ancient art form and health practices, with former involving a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility, and breathing, while the latter being a major form of Indian classical dance that originated in Tamil Nadu.

“We are envisaging a lot of Yoga events throughout the length and breadth of the country to mark the occasion of International Day of Yoga in couple of weeks” Mr Pardeshi said.

Notably, for quite some time, the world has looked towards Yoga as an accepted form of mental and physical fitness, however, ever since United Nations General Assembly adopting a Resolution on December 11, 2014, making June 21 as the International Yoga Day, there has been a considerable increase in yoga’s global acceptability.

In New Zealand multiple Yoga evenst has been planned throughout the leangth and bredth of the country either under the leadership or in close association with the office of the Indian High Commission.