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Heartfulness Institute in partnership with Ministry of AYUSH, United Nations Department of Public Information to host global Yogathon

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The event will showcase need for compassion, will inspire people how to live a life of compassion

Compassion takes centre stage on International Day of Yoga 2020. This year, it also happens to be World Music Day. Heartfulness Institute, in partnership with the Ministry of AYUSH and the United Nations Department of Public Information, will be hosting a global Yogathon, with a call to make compassion contagious, music, conversations on Yoga, and an opportunity to meditate together. This event has the overwhelming support of more than 500 social, professional and cultural organisations in North America and India. 

As we continue to figure out how to face the challenges caused by the pandemic, and the personal, financial and social challenges of our times, the need to live a life of compassion is paramount. Compassion will help soothe hearts laden with fear and insecurity about the future. This event will showcase the need for compassion and will inspire people how to live a life of compassion. The transformative powers of compassion have been chronicled extensively in all the great world scriptures, and it is time for us to remind ourselves of them.

The following luminaries will be taking part in the Yogathon: Kamlesh Patel (Daaji), Guide, Heartfulness; Baba Ramdev, YogRishi; Shripad Naik, AYUSH Minister; Suresh Prabhu, India’s Sherpa to the G20; Rajeev Chandran, Officer-in-Charge, UNIC India; Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shankar Mahadevan, musicians; Shaina NC and Mickey Mehta,  Wellness experts; PV Sindhu, VVS Laxman, Navdeep Saini, sports stars; Omi Vaidya, Sudhanshu Pandey, actors, and others.

Commenting on the theme of the event, Daaji said, “Compassion is contagious and can transmit faster than any virus, while making us stronger. International Day of Yoga is a very apt platform to spread the message of compassion, and celebrities from all walks of life have readily agreed to lend their voice to this cause. This international Yogathon will help bring consciousness to the need for more elevated acts of compassion, allowing all our lives to be more peaceful and meaningful.

Commenting on the Yogathon as a co-host Naik said, “This International Yoga Day 2020 will be a significant milestone in the journey of bringing yoga practices to the world. This vision inspired by our Prime Minister is now adopted by the United Nations and is a global movement. The tradition of yoga is time immemorial and is another contribution to the heritage of the world, a fact that should make all Indians proud wherever there are. It is our responsibility to nurture and share the benefit of this phenomenal practice so that the future generations are also able to enjoy this gift to mankind.”  

The event will go live on June 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time in the US and on June 21, 2020 at 7 am in India.

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