"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient traditon. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fullfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about excercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."
- Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India at UN General Assembly
6th International Day of Yoga, Bangkok 21th June 2020
This year's theme for IDY how could it be otherwise was "Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family'. The COVID-19 pandemic this year forced the Indian embassy to only hold a virtual event and live stream it from the Embassy premises with a small group of Embassy officials. Yoga lovers from everywhere were able to join this auspicious day virtually from their homes. A one hour yoga session on "How to boost your immune system with Yoga?" was demonstrated by Master Sanjiv and his Divine Yoga team on 21 June 2020 at 8 am and live streamed.
A series of five short yoga videos (3-5 minutes) with different themes was prior this event recorded and provided by Divine Yoga and the Chulalongkorn University for yoga enthusiasts who wishing to pursue their yoga practice from home. You can access the videos below.
5th International Day of Yoga, Bangkok 16th June 2019
This year IDY was celebrated for the 5th time and the anniversary became a tradition worldwide with a yearly growing number of people who join this celebration. The annual IDY celebration is a reminder that yoga is for everyone regardless of our physical aptitude, age, beliefs or religion. It is about raising awareness of this practice and all the benefits anyone can attain through it. This year on Sunday, June 16, again more than 5,000 yoga enthusiasts and yoga friends participated wholeheartedly in the celebration on the grounds of Chulalongkorn University in the early morning hours to pay gratitude to the sun, our life force and to enjoy our healthy lifestyle with likeminded people. The opening remarks were held by H.E. Mrs Suchitra Durai (Ambassador of India to Thailand) and Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn Ph.D. (President of the Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok). The Common Yoga Protocol was lead by Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi as in the years before.
The event was covered in the magazine Expat Life in Thailand issue Aug/Sep 2019. To read the article click here.
4th International Day of Yoga, Bangkok 17th June 2018
The Embassy of India and the Indian Studies Center of Chulalongkorn University invited this year as well tor the “4th International Day of Yoga” in Bangkok, Thailand. Thousends of Yoga enthusiats followed the invitation. The event was held like in the years before again on the lawn in front of the Royal Monument of King Chulalongkorn and King Vajiravudh, at the Chulalongkorn University in the city center. As in the years before Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi and Mrs. Jiraporn guided the yoga session of the mass event for the forth consecutive time.
3rd International Day of Yoga, Bangkok 18th June 2017
3rd International Day of Yoga was celebrated in Bangkok on Sunday, 18 June, 2017. Yoga enthusiasts from all walks of life thronged the prestigious Chulalongkorn University Playgrounds in droves to participate in mass yoga session. Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand H.E. Tanasak Patimapragorn graced the occasion by his participation as the Chief Guest Ambassador H.E. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi delivered the welcome remarks. The mass Yoga Session was coordinated by Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi and Ms. Jiraporn of Divine Yoga, along with their team. This years message of Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi was “Every one can do yoga - young and old, men and women, with and without health issues, disabled or not." To underline his message he chose different students from Divine to company and demonstrate with him on the stage: one 82 years old student, one student diseased with Parkinson, one deaf student, one man, two women and two kids.
Thailand Today show on NBT broadcasted on 16 June 2017 for promoting International Day of Yoga. H.E. Bhagwan Singh, the ambassador of India to Thailand gave an interview.
Divine Yoga team by Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Master Sandeep Bhokare and Khun Oh demonstrated yoga from 18:00 minutes onwards.
2nd International Day of Yoga, Bangkok 26th June 2016
Divine Yoga was proud to participate in the International Day of Yoga celebration for the second consecutive time. Master Sanjiv directed the Yoga practice for this special event. It was an incredible experience to join the people across the globe to celebrate the health benefits and peace of the ancient Indian traditon.
6,000 people practise together Yoga at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University, in the heart of Bangkok. Most of the participants were Thai, but there were also many foreigners. The participants included students and yoga enthusiasts. A group of specially abled participants, sponsored by the Deaf Association of Thailand also joined the event.
1st International Day of Yoga, Bangkok 21st June 2015
For the first time 7,000 people practised at the renown Chulalongkorn University. 2014 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 21st June as the International Day of Yoga. It is being celebrated all over the world on this day. The Indian Embassy was hosting a mega event in Bangkok celebrating the First International Day of Yoga on Sunday 21st June 2015 from 6.30 am to 8.30 am at the Chulalongkorn University of Thailand. Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi was aptly chosen by H.E. Harsh Vardhan Singla (the Indian Ambassador in Bangkok) to represent the Yoga lesson at this mega event. It is Master Sanjiv's dream to pass on this life granting nectar to the masses and to see them benefit from its wonders. In his words “Yoga is not a part of life but Yoga is the way to live.” Read more about the event and Master Sanjiv's silent mission of spreading Yoga here.