December 5, 2021

Yoga enthusiasts celebrate International Yoga Day in NZ

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Winners of Photo competition announced

Yesterday, June 21 marked the seventh annual International Day of Yoga, and was celebrated with dozens of events across New Zealand spread over different days during June.

At Wellington, the event organised by the Indian High Commission on Sunday(20 June) attracted nearly 200 yoga enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Yoga event at Wellington
‘Yogathon’ event at Wellington

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and recognizing its universal appeal, the United Nations on 11 December 2014 proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

As part of these celebrations, the Indian High Commission, Wellington had organised a Yoga-related photo competition also last month.

From L to R: Sachidananda Gowda, Srushti Basavaraju, Anika Mohan & Khushi Talkad- top winners (Photos: HIC/FB)

There were some breath-taking images captured of yoga exponents, and the winners were announced yesterday from the entries received.

Adult Category:

  • First Prize: Sachidananda Gowda
  • Second Prize: Srushti Madaiah Basavaraju
  • Third Prize: Monika

Children Category:

  • First Prize: Anika Mohan
  • Second Prize: Khushi Talkad
  • Third Prize: Ruth Samuel

The prizes would be awarded to the winners at Wellington at a date to be announced later.