Hawaii celebrated 4th International Yoga Day
on Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Los Angeles, June 24, 2022
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The Gandhi International Institute for Peace celebrated its 4th annual Yoga Day event in Honolulu on June 21, 2022. It was also streamed live online and was viewed worldwide. The program was co-hosted with the Still and Moving Center. The theme of this year’s event was “Being Truly Human-focusing on the power of self-determination and choosing our way. It points to the humane aspect of being human, our “kuleana” (responsibility) to our fellow human beings and the other beings with whom we share the planet.”
The Gandhi International Institute for Peace (GIIP) was founded by Dr. Raj Kumar in 2001. This Institute has been promoting nonviolence and peace, raising awareness about healthy living, and educating youth in Hawaii.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution introduced by India recognizing June 21 as “International Day of Yoga” in 2014.
Here in Hawaii, GIIP initiated efforts with the Hawaii State Legislature that led to the enactment of Act 102 (Session Laws of Hawaii 2019) to designate June 21 of each year as “Internaitonal Yoga Day” (Section 8-31, Hawaii Revised Statues). Hawaii is the first state in the nation to officially recognize International Yoga Day.
Dr. Deepak Chopra, world’s leading expert on Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda was the keynote speaker at this event. Others speakers were Dr. Raj Kumar, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Professor Matthew LoPresti, Dr. Peeyush Kumar, Renee Tillotson and Jennifer Reuter. Ms. Willow Chang moderated the program. The yoga asanas (postures) were also demonstrated by instructors from the Still and Moving Center.
GIIP received the Proclamations from Honolulu Mayor, Hon. Rick Blangiardi, Hawaii Governor, Hon. David Y. Ige and the certificates from the Senate and House for the Internaitonal Yoga Day event.
To know about GIIP, you can visit their website www.gandhianpeace.org