On 21 June, 2019, millions of Yoga enthusiasts from world over including Iran, Japan, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon, US, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Nepal, New Zealand and other nations joined in the celebrations of fifth International Day of Yoga with The Art of Living and its partner organizations. The participating mix included Army Jawans, jail inmates, colleges and schools, homemakers and office goers, farmers among others. Here are some of the most interesting highlights and numbers:
• 4000 Jawans in Ferozpur Cantonment and jawans at the Army Brigade headquarters of Akhnoor, over 300 inmates from Udhampur and Kot Balwal jails in Jammu and Kashmir practiced the Common Yoga Protocol with The Art of Living instructors.
• ITBP personnel performed Yoga on International Yoga Day at an altitude of 19000 ft near OP Dorjila in Sikkim at minus 15 degrees Celsius early in the morning
• The oldest living person in the world also learned deep breathing pranayama with senior Art of Living instructor, Swami Purnachaitanya
• In Chandigarh, IYD events were organized at various locations including offices of Govt Bodies like Register Of companies, National Fertilizers Limited, District Courts, PGI hospital, Schools, CII, NABARD Haryana, wherein all 16000 people participated.