New Delhi, June 9: In the run-up to the International Yoga Day on June 21, the Ministry of AYUSH has announced its elaborate plans for the yoga events at the National Health Editors Conference, chaired by Minister of State for AYUSH (independent charge), Shripad Yesso Naik.

The Ministry has announced that prior to the Yoga day events, a yoga festival will be held in Chandigarh from June 10-12. Moreover, with an expected participation of 30,000 people in the national capital on Yoga day, seven sites in Delhi have been mapped for the demonstration of yoga.

Among other things, seminars, workshops and cultural programmes will take place to promote the main event on June 21, the Ministry said. Active participation of students would be sought by the Ministry, which is in touch with schools, colleges and youth organisations. During the conference, AYUSH also addressed the efforts made to increase participation of the differently abled or divyangs.

A Q&A session followed a live-demo, with queries on yoga addressed to officials of AYUSH Ministry. Dr I V Basavaraddi, Director, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, conducted a technical session for the experts present in the audience.

Ensuring international participation, the Ministry of External Affairs is also in contact with India’s diplomatic missions across the world. These missions will be inviting people for the Yoga Day event that will be held in cities across the world. MEA is also seeking endorsements and participation of international celebrities to further boost participation.

Fortunately, the Government of India will not be seeking to find mention in any world records publications. Last year, the government invited the Guinness Book of World Records to witness the Yoga Day event for creating two records – the largest yoga class with 35,985 participants and most number of nationalities (84) in a single yoga session.

After the conclusion of the Yoga Day, the Ministry has planned a two-day conference called ‘Yoga for Body and Beyond’ where several yoga experts from around the world will be invited. This conference will take place at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on June 22 and 23, 2016.

Through yoga, the government seeks to strengthen India’s soft power and expand its global influence, befitting the increasing role that it intends to play in the international arena.