Indian Embassy holds competition to celebrate World Yoga Day

A competitor performs a yoga pose in a competition hosted by Indian Embassy in Yangon on Tuesday. Photo: Ye Myint
A competitor performs a yoga pose in a competition hosted by Indian Embassy in Yangon on Tuesday. Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon, 16 June — Yoga enthusiasts young and old showed their flexibility Tuesday in a competition hosted by the Indian Embassy in Yangon to promote the UN-designated day for the ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice.
The competition in the run-up to World Yoga Day on 21 June was the first of its kind in Myanmar and attracted 30 participants ranging in age from 6 to 56.
“The competition aims to show how much progress yoga practitioners in Myanmar have made,” yoga teacher and competition judge U Khin Maung Swe said.
Competitors performed five mandatory poses, as well as one of their own choosing, added the teacher, who has been demonstrating yoga to enthusiasts in Yangon for 10 years.
The Indian Embassy will hold public demonstrations of the discipline on Sunday morning at Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium in Yangon and Mandalar Thiri Football Stadium in Mandalay.
More than 600 yoga enthusiasts have signed up to take part in the public event in Yangon, said U Khin Maung Swe, who will provide commentary on the event.
A special programme arranged for International Yoga Day celebrations around the world will be demonstrated at the event, he added. The United Nations designated 21 June each year as the International Day of Yoga, through a resolution in December, 2014.
According to the Embassy, there are 18 Yoga clubs and centres in Yangon. —GNLM

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