Earlier on Sunday, June 19, one of the major yoga events was organised in Auckland at the iconic Mahatma Gandhi Centre of Auckland Indian Association under the aegis of Consulate of India and Auckland Indian Diaspora organisation – an umbrella organisation that brings together almost all prominent regional, linguistic community Indian community Associations of Auckland.

Hon Consul of India Bhav Dhillon was the Chief Guest at the event and was joined by many community leaders, including Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust’s Jeet Suchdev, Auckland Indian Association’s Dhansukh Lal, Prakash Biradar and Harshad Patel, New Zealand Indian Central Association’s President Narendra Bhana, Telangana Federation of New Zealand’s Kalyan Rao Kasuganti among others.

Speaking on occasion, Hon Consul Bhav Dhillon said, "We all know that Yoga is India's gift to the rest of the world, and to know that such a holistic practice was developed by India's sages and gurus in ancient times, much before the advent of modern technology says a lot of the scientific temper in ancient India.

"It is satisfying to see the modern world is now accepting the importance of India's gift to the rest of the world like never before," Mr Dhillon said.

Waitakere Indian Association also organised a yoga event in West Auckland with students of the school and members of the wider community.