8 th International Day of Yoga

Embassy of India Muscat launched the 8th International Yoga Day Celebration with the 75-day Yoga Marathon titled "Muscat Yog Mahotsav – 75-day, 75-events" on 8 th April 2022. This unique first-of-its-kind initiative roped in all the Yoga organizations and schools in Oman for a collaborative effort to promote Yoga across the country. Over 75-days, more than 150 curated events involving several Yoga enthusiasts and volunteers were organized across Oman, including the cities of Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, and Sur. The initiative has popularized Yoga at an unprecedented scale and has helped it reach millions of Omani nationals.

The highlight of this unique initiative was the Yoga performance at the iconicRiyam Park, one of the most recognizable scenic spots in Oman. The Mission tookthe initiative to produce an iconic short video of Yoga being performed at RiyamPark using professional drone cameras and shared it across social mediaplatforms to popularize Yoga globally and to encourage all the Yoga practitionersand enthusiasts in Oman.

In the run-up to the 8th International Yoga Day, Ambassador Amit Narang wrote an article titled ‘ Yoga Festival in Oman blazes a trail for universal health and well-being.’ This article was published by the three English media houses in Oman and also in ‘Atheer’ the online media house with a wide readership. In this article, Ambassador highlighted how Yoga acts as a bridge of friendship, bringing the people of India and Oman together.

On 21 st June 2022, the Embassy of India in Muscat and Indian School Muscat jointly celebrated the 8th International Yoga Day on the theme ‘Yoga for Humanity.’ As part of the celebrations, a common Yoga Protocol was conducted. A soulful rendition by Shri Vineeth Pandit of his own composition on Yoga added colour to the event. The short video of Yoga performed at the iconic Riyam Park was also screened. More than 2000 people, including Omani nationals, media, children, and other members of the Indian diaspora, participated in the event. The celebration was streamed live on the YouTube channel ‘International Day of Yoga-Oman’ (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCuMrJmeI7Q). Mission also participated in the ‘The Guardian Ring’ and major excerpts of the celebration in Muscat were live telecasted on Doordarshan.