International Yoga Day
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga with an aim to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
In order to mark the International Yoga Day on 21st June 2017, Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society in collaboration with Directorate of Indian Medicine & Homeopathy and Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital organized International Yoga Day at Chennai. About 100 PLHIV and other general public participated and performed yoga.
As a highlight of this event, The Principal Secretary to Government, Health and Family Welfare department Dr. J. Radhakrishnan I.A.S., Thiru Mohan Pyre I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary to Government and Commissioner for Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy, Dr.K. Senthil Raj I.A.S., Project Director, Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society, Dr. Edwin Joe , Director of Medical Education and other high Official of Health department performed Yoga.
Honorable Minister for Health and Family welfare Dr. C. Vijaya Baskar M.B.B.S., participated in the event and spoke about the importance and benefits of yoga. He also distributed certificates to the trainers and participants.