By Tenzin Zompa
Dharamshala Tibetans partaking in the World Yoga Day at Tsuglakhang on June 21, 2018. phayul photo- Kunsang Gashon
Dharamshala, June 21: Tibetans in Dharamshala observed the fourth International Yoga Day today at the main temple Tsuklakhang by performing yoga asanas early this morning, organized by the Central Tibetan Administration as part of their 2018 theme of ‘thank you India’.
Dignitaries of Central Tibetan Administration including Ministers, Secretaries, heads of the three Autonomous Bodies, staffs, local public and students took part in the event supporting India’s objective of making yoga a mainstream practice.
Minister for Department of Health, Choekyong Wangchuk, said Tibetans in India are observing a series of pan-India events to observe 2018 as the year of thanking India for ensuring profound support for the Tibetan people and their struggle.
Tsering Yangzom, fitness trainer and yoga instructor based in Gugaon, led the session. She had won 2nd place in JERAI (Jerai Fitness Pvt. Ltd) Classic State tour women physique competition in Delhi in 2016. Yangzom started the session by giving a brief talk on the importance of doing Yoga for one’s mind and soul.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with an audience close to 50,000 also marked the fourth International Yoga day in Dehradun early this morning. In his address to the gathering he said, “Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world”.
CTA run Tibet.net reported, “With the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and under the leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetan people across India are observing the year 2018 with a series of Pan-India events spanning 12 months both on the physical and virtual space to publicly express gratitude to the Government and people of India”.