India Tourism London office in association with High Commission of India organised a Yoga session at Stonehenge on 7 June 2018.
The event was held as a precursor to the International Day of Yoga celebrated on 21 June every year.
The event witnessed yoga practitioners coming early morning at 06h00 to perform Surya Namaskar and other yoga asanas in front of the British cultural icon and world Heritage Site – Stonehenge. India’s deputy High Commissioner to the UK, ambassador Mr. Dinesh Patnaik, said: “Yoga is one of the greatest cultural exports from India to the world. The ancient art of Yoga enhances and enriches the quality of body, mind and soul. To be able to perform Yoga at such a historic place, makes one feel proud.’’
Mr. Mukherjee, assistant director India Tourism London commented: “We are increasingly witnessing a trend where UK tourists are now travelling to India for wellness and health reasons that include attending Yoga classes and meditation.”
Jennifer Davies, English Heritage head of Historic Properties for Stonehenge said: “English Heritage is delighted to welcome India Tourism and the High Commission of India to Stonehenge to practise yoga.
“There is an idea that in prehistoric times Stonehenge was a place of healing and pilgrimage, and so it seems a fitting to use the image of the ancient, iconic stones to celebrate yoga,” Davies added.
In other yoga news, scores of people joined Swami Ramdev Ji for two sessions of yoga organised by Zee TV and Karma Foundation, a charity organisation based out of UK, at Kensington Olympia in London on 23 June 2018. Incredible India was the title sponsor of the event supported by Indian High Commission to London. The daylong event also witnessed yoga performances by various other yoga groups – Isha Foundation, Cool Slim, Brahma Kumaris, Manavta, Heart illness and Chi Kri.