The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is all set to witness a record of people getting together to celebrate the fifth International Day of Yoga.
With a 5,000-year history in ancient Indian philosophy, Yoga is a mind and body practice.
More than 2,500 people will gather in the US capital to meditate and flex their bodies with popular form of exercise and meditation.
Flexing their body in multiple complex postures, this will be the third time that the overlooking the US Congress would host the International Yoga Day celebrations.
Given the enthusiasm of health-conscious people, most probably this would be the largest gathering of a free yoga event in Washington.
So far, more than 2,500 people have registered for the event which is supposed to be conducted on June 16.
As per reports, The Indian Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “We are seeing a robust response to our call for participation at the fifth International Day of Yoga at the iconic Washington Monument on Sunday, June 16. The event has already received over 2,500 registrations.”
“Over the last few years, the popularity of yoga has increased manifold in the US. I am told there are now about 36 million yoga practitioners in the country. And this is good news!” Shringla added.
To motivate people and as part the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, Shringla said that the embassy has also scheduled a vegetarian food festival right away after the yoga event s.
All ambassadors and representatives of UN organisations have been invited to the event.
The proposal to announce ‘The International Day of Yoga’ was first moved by India’s PM Narendra Modi in his maiden address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014.