BONN, Germany: Yoga session at India pavilion here on sidelines of the UN climate change conference (COP23) may be a subject of debate about its relevance, but this age-old traditional Indian practice is quite a hit among visitors.
It was a full house on first day of the session with foreigners marking their presence in good numbers – some out of curiosity while others with genuine urge to participate in it.
India has decided to continue one-hour Yoga session everyday till the end of COP23 here on November 17.
“It’s an attempt to showcase India’s age-old tradition of sustainable lifestyle”, said an Indian negotiator, who himself attended the session after gruelling round of negotiation during the day.
Chief Indian negotiator Ravi Shankar Prasad was also seen along with many foreign participants at the hour-long session.
He said he was pleased to see the attendance. “We did not expect such a wonderful response to the Yoga session”, Prasad said.
Yoga instructors – Sanjeev Bhanot and Anjuly Rudolph – were deputed by the Indian delegation for conducting the session.
The India pavilion – third of its kind at COP – has never seen such presence of visitors in the past, not even in Paris where the country had set up such pavilion for the first time in 2015.
“It’s all due to Yoga which has not only become synonymous with India but also generated a lot of interest among foreigners after declaration of International Day of Yoga (June 21) by the United Nations”, said a member of the Indian delegation.
Officials were also seen distributing leaflets on Yoga session to visitors at the pavilion with a printed remark of the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on it, saying “By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness through Yoga, it can help us deal with climate change and more …”