Mr. Somesh Goyal addressed an audience at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on Tiger Conservation efforts in India

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Mr. Somesh Goyal addressed an audience at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on Tiger Conservation efforts in India. Mr. Goyal is a senior police officer and accomplished wildlife photographer of India. His talk was greatly appreciated by a mixed audience consisting of Ambassadors and diplomats from Hungary, Egypt, Brazil, and Algeria, international and Indian media, NGOs, Indian community and students. The talk was arranged by the Indian Cultural Centre under the auspices of the India-Thailand exchange programme.

นายโซเมช โกยาล กล่าวสุนทรพจน์ เรื่อง ความพยายามในการอนุรักษ์ประชากรเสือในประเทศอินเดีย ณ สมาคมผู้สื่อข่าวต่างประเทศเทศแห่งประเทศไทย นายโกยาล เป็นเจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจอาวุโสแต่เป็นที่รู้จักอย่างแพร่หลายในบทบาทของช่าง ถ่ายภาพสัตว์ป่าของประเทศอินเดีย โดยการเสวนาดังกล่าวได้รับการชื่นชม จากผู้เข้าร่วมงานอาทิ สื่อมวลชนต่างประเทศและอินเดีย เอ็นจีโอ ชุมชนชาวอินเดีย นักศึกษา กิจกรรมถูกจัดขึ้นโดยศูนย์วัฒนธรรมอินเดียภายใต้โครงการแลกเปลี่ยนระหว่าง ไทยและอินเดีย

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COMMON YOGA PROTOCOL – Presented by Embassy of India in Thailand

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Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature, and a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Yoga not only provides a holistic approach to health and well-being, the wider dissemination of Yoga’s benefits would also be beneficial for the health of the world’s population.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his maiden speech to the United Nations while outlining the benefits of Yoga and its continued relevance in the present World exhorted the Comity of Nations to declare an International Day of Yoga. Based on India’s call, United Nations General Assembly in its 69th session in the year 2014 adopted a resolution proclaiming 21 June each year as the International Day of Yoga. To commemorate the first International Day of Yoga, the Government of India created a ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ (http://inbministry.blogspot.com/2015/06/international-yoga-day-common-yoga.html), which was practiced by enthusiasts all over the world including in Bangkok. The response from our friends in Thailand for the observation of the first International Day of Yoga on 21 June 2015 was overwhelming with more than 7400 people congregating at the Chulalongkorn University Grounds to practice this Common Yoga Protocol. The interest shown by Thailand motivated the Embassy of India in creating a mobile application of the Common Yoga Protocol so that it would be readily available for practitioners. This mobile application is a self help guide for users to practice some of the most common Yoga practices.

Welcome to the world of Yoga. Welcome to the world of wisdom that is as relevant and beneficial today as it was thousands of years ago.

This application has been developed by the Embassy of India, Bangkok in collaboration with RMC Gems Thai Co., Ltd., Bangkok.

Courtesy for Contents: Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India

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A record 750 people, including members of the Indian community and friends of #India, attended the Independence Day Flag hoisting ceremony at the Embassy of India, Bangkok this morning. Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla unfurled the national tricolour at the Embassy premises. The National Anthem was sung by all and the Ambassador read out the President’s Independence Day Address to the Nation. Various Indian Associations (Modern International School of Bangkok, Indian Women’s Club, Kannada Balaga, students of the Indian Cultural Centre, Bangkok, etc.) collaborated to put up a resplendent cultural performance on the occasion. Separately, the city of Hat Yai in southern Thailand also arranged a special event to commemorate the Independence Day of India (photos will be posted separately).

The Thai media has extensively covered Independence Day celebrations in Bangkok. Two major English dailies – #Bangkok Post and The #Nation – and Masala magazine as well as the Thai newspaper Naew-Na published special supplements that included photo-features on India-Thailand relations and a message from the Ambassador. Local TV channel ‘Spring News’ telecast Ambassador’s interview on the occasion. The “City Times” magazine has published a very informative special issue on the Independence Day.

Sanjiv Chaturvedi – The Man with a Dream and His Silent Mission of Spreading Yoga

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BangkokScoop.com would like to congratulate one and all on the mega success of the very first ever International Yoga Day 2015 conducted on the prestigious grounds of the esteemed Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand. This great event held on 21st June, known to be the summer solstice day(the longest day of the year) was well thought and aimed at granting the all of us the most energetic first rays of the sun. The grand success of this event is a dream come true for all those who were attached to this mission especially the Indian Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Harsh Vardhan Singla, the Indian Embassy Thailand, all the organisers, all the sponsors including BangkokScoop.com who have worked so hard to make this mission a reality. It is so heartwarming to see the overwhelming response of so many souls awakening to the age old most ancient miraculous science of life-giving yoga. It is a small spark of a great agitation. This well meant episode is the start of a revolution to come, for the relief of mankind from worries and multiplying diseases, to bring our scattered fragments together uniting our body, mind and soul granting us the very much required peace.

Special thanks to the honorable Yoga Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi for his simple yoga instructions which were easy to understand and were highly appreciated amongst the crowd. Being the man with his silent mission of spreading yoga, Master Sanjiv Chaturvedi was aptly chosen by H.E. Harsh Vardhan Singla to represent the yoga lesson at this mega event. His style is Satyananda Yoga which is spreading through Divine Yoga situated at Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok. It is his dream to pass on this life granting nectar to the masses and to see them benefit from its wonders. In his words “Yoga is not a part of life but Yoga is the way to live.” He dreams of seeing each and every soul starting their day with yoga to live a healthy and happy life day after day. To live in the moment, and to live life in its totality. This is possible only through yoga as it helps coordinate the body, mind and soul bringing them in harmony with one another, which leads to clarification in thoughts and renders a stress-free life that we all hope for.

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Sponsors of the event – Aditya Birla Group, Indorama group, Galaxy Group, Indian Diamond & Color-stone Association, India-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Saraff Global, Indian Association of Thailand, PEPSI, Rembrandt Hotel, Siam Sindhi Association, Harnam Singh & Harbans Kaur Foundation, Flawless Company Ltd., BangkokScoop.com, VHP Thailand, ZEE Nung & Divine Yoga.

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By Kumar Raj

An open field at a local university in Thailand turned into a “yoga studio” early today as thousands of Thais, Indians and other expatriates gathered here to celebrate the first International Yoga Day. The event was grandly celebrated across the ASEAN nations, including Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Singapore.

Over 7,400 people came to the grounds at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University here at 6.30 am local time (5 am IST) to take part in the event organised by the Indian Embassy. All of them were given free yoga mats, shirts, snacks and energy drinks. “The whole event was superb, the participation was extraordinary from schools and universities in Thailand,” India’s Ambassador to Thailand Harsh Vardan Shringla told PTI.
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Shringla thanked Guru Budha Charanji, whose Ashram Amravati is at Chiangmai, for invoking ancient Vedic chants to get everyone in the right frame of mind for yoga. Earlier, Shringla said, “It is no coincidence that June 21 or the day of Summer Solstice has been chosen as the International Day of Yoga. The ancients have always believed that the first rays of the Sun are the most beneficial. And on Summer Solstice, the Sun’s energy is even more effective.” “Our ancients recognised that without the Sun, there would be no life on Earth. Thank you, Sun, or Surya as we call the sun in India, and we welcome your advent with a Namaskar: Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a very ancient technique of paying respect or expressing gratitude to the Sun that is the source of all forms of life on the planet,” he said. Thailand’s minister of tourism and sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul was the chief guest at the event. Ambassadors, representatives from the UN and Indian Associations also attended the event. Yoga experts from India gave a 12-minute demonstration followed by common Yoga Protocol to all participants for 33 minutes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message was shown. The event is also being held at Chiangmai, Phuket and Pattaya. In Vietnam, hundreds took part in the yoga day celebrations organised by the Indian High Commission at the Quan Ngua Sports Palace in Hanoi. An event was also held in Ho Chi Minh city and seven other provinces. The International Day for Yoga was also held across Japan. India’s Ambassador to Japan Deepa Wadhwa said Tokyo itself had several events pertaining to the Yoga Day. An organisation called Yoga Therapy is holding events in all 47 prefectures, she said. Wadhwa flagged off at the premises of a Japanese school where around 500 yoga enthusiasts were attending. June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the UN General Assembly in December, 2014.
177 nations, out of 193 member states of the UN joined as co-sponsors, creating a new record for the highest number of co-sponsoring countries ever for an UN General Assembly Resolution of such nature. PTI

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/international/thailand-celebrates-international-yoga-day-1783842.html

Curtain Raiser for the First international day of Yoga 16th June 2015, Bangkok

At a Curtain Raiser to announce the First International Day of Yoga ‪#‎YogaDay‬ at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla highlighted the importance of Yoga and its relevance in daily life. The President of the Chulalongkorn University Prof. Pirom Kamolratanakul represented the University. Around 200 persons including major TV channels (Channel 3, TNN 24, Channel 7, Zee Nung, Channel 8 and Channel 9) and newspapers, sponsors and representatives of Yoga studios, Indian associations attended the event. A short video on Yoga produced by Public Diplomacy Division was shown to the participants. The two Yoga teachers sent by Government of ‪#‎India‬ gave a short yoga demonstration.

The Embassy of India, Bangkok is hosting a mass event at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University (Front Ground across Main Auditorium) in ‪#‎Thailand‬ on 21 June 2015 at 0630 hrs. Around 5000 participants are expected to attend the event. Free T-Shirt, Yoga-Mat, energy drink, snacks, milk and water will be given free to all participants.

Embassy of India, in association with Chulalongkorn University, is making the First International Day of Yoga this year on the front grounds of the University.

Her Excellency Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand would be the Chief Guest at the event.

The event would also be attended by the Resident Ambassadors of the countries that co-sponsored the Resolution and representatives of the United Nations which declared 21st June as the International Day of Yoga.

A celebrity emcee from India, Ms. Sa,pada Vaze would be conduction the event in which several other Thai celebrities identified with yoga would be participating.

The sponsors are – Aditya Birla Group; Indorama group, Galaxy Group, Indian Diamond & Color-stone Association, India-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Saraff Global, Indian Association of Thailand, PEPSI, Rembrandt Hotel, Siam Sindhi Association, Harnam Singh & Harbans Kaur Foundation, Flawless Company Ltd., BangkokScoop.com, ZEE Nung & Divine Yoga

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International Yoga Day Celebrations at UN to be Broadcast at Times Square

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United Nations:  The celebrations commemorating the first International Day of Yoga in New York, to be presided over by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, will be broadcast at Times Square to a global audience.

The UN will commemorate the inaugural International Yoga Day on June 21 with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Sam Kutesa gracing the occasion.

The India-led celebrations will also feature a special lecture and demonstration by Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The celebrations at the world body’s headquarters would be broadcast to an audience of thousands at Times Square, considered the global crossroads in the heart of Manhattan.

Another celebration of the Solstice Day would be observed at Times Square on June 21 with thousands performing yoga exercises, according to the Indian mission to the UN.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic address to the Indian-American community from the iconic Madison Square Garden last year was also telecast live on the giant electronic billboards dotting Times Square.

Several Indian-American and other ethnic organisations have joined hands to commemorate the first yoga day. Overseas Volunteers for Better India (OVBI) will be organising Yogathon events across 100 US cities and more than 70 organisations have joined the campaign.

The UN General Assembly had last year overwhelmingly adopted a draft resolution, declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day. A record 177 countries had co-sponsored the resolution.

The idea for declaring an International Day of Yoga at the United Nations was formally proposed by Prime Minister Modi in his maiden address to the 69th General Assembly session in September last year.

He had indicated that June 21, one of the two solstices, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, has special significance in many parts of the world, and could be considered, for adoption, as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations each year.

Following Mr Modi’s UN address, the Permanent Mission of India had convened three rounds of informal consultations with all 193 member states of the United Nations.

A final text of the Resolution, on which all the participating countries agreed, was reached on October 22.

Source: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/international-yoga-day-celebrations-at-un-to-be-broadcast-at-times-square-770026

Cellular basis of Yogic Asanas: How stretching of cells through Yoga helps your body

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BY ANIL K. RAJVANSHI

Yogic exercises are normally done to tone the body and the nervous system. Yogic exercises come under Hath Yoga system, one of the eight limbs of “Ashtang Yoga” as enunciated by the Yoga sutras of Patanjali. Hath Yogis believe that the body toning is a result of nerve stretching. This belief may have scientific basis.

Recently scientists have discovered that cells in human body change depending on how they are stretched. They have shown that if you pull a stem cell in one way it starts developing into a brain cell. Moreover, changing the mechanical stress makes the cancer cells behave like normal cells, by far the most far reaching consequence of stretching of cells.

The Yogic exercises of stretching the nerves and toning the nervous system affect the cells mechanically and, therefore, affect the body in a very positive way at the cellular level.

Till now the biological and medical community believed that, in order to know the behavior of a cell, one needed to identify the genes, proteins and other chemical processes and pathways. The biological community considers chemical processes to be of paramount importance.

However in nature, all the forces are taken into account for a system’s evolution and mechanical stress at cellular level is as important and prevalent as the chemical process.

Scientists have also discovered that though the cells in human body are subjected to mechanical stress and strain in every part of body, their native environment exerts the maximum effect on their growth and development.

For example, a cell stressed in a certain way will not convert into a nerve cell if it’s near a bone. The chances of it becoming a bone cell are higher because of the physical and chemical environment of the existing bone structure.

This could be the basis of Yogic asanas which in their innumerable forms, affect and tone the nervous system. Some like Pranayama, Nauli (gut wrenching), Sheersh Asana (head stand) and focusing the eyes on the center of forehead in meditation, affect the nervous system and can help in rejuvenating the body. Production of healthy cells is the most important aspect of rejuvenation of body.

For example, in the dhyana asana of focusing the eyes on the center of forehead, the optic nerve gets stretched by about 1-1.5 mm. This stretching may help stimulate the pituitary gland since the optic nerve passes very close to it before reaching the visual cortex at the back of the brain. The pituitary gland is the master gland of the body and its secretions help in maintaining the harmony of other endocrine glands. Moreover, it secretes the oxytocin hormone (also called happiness hormone) and almost all the sexual chemicals.

Besides the Yogic exercises, general exercise regime of running, walking or aerobic exercises may also help in the cell rejuvenation. The “high” that people experience with regular exercise, is not only because of the secretion of chemicals by the brain but also because of the cell stretching.

Similarly, deep muscle massage may also help in the stretching of cells. But it should be done properly otherwise cells may convert into other harmful cells. For example scientists have also found that prior to formation of invasive tumors, the cellular matrix surrounding the regular cells becomes stiffer. This stiffening could be the result of physical or emotional stress.

Thus the change in “microenvironment” of cells with stress may be conducive to cancer formation. Scientists believe that one of the ways of curing cancer could be physical manipulation of this “microenvironment”.

Yogic asanas may help in this process. This could also be the reason why the Yoga practitioners have always suggested that some of the difficult Yogic asanas affecting the deep nervous system should be done under the supervision of experienced Yoga teachers, so that the cells are stretched in proper manner.

The author is the Director and Hon. Secretary Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). He could be reached at  (anilrajvanshi@gmail.com)

PM Modi reaches out to the world with yoga on first International Day of Yoga

In Thailand, the Indian embassy will host a yoga event on June 21 which, according to India’s ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla, will be attended by 5,000 people.

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Narendra Modi government’s yoga focus may not have gone down well with all here but that certainly is not a deterrent for India’s missions abroad which are working overtime to commemorate the first UN International Day of Yoga (IDY) on June 21.

Cutting across continents, India’s missions are busy chalking out plans to hold free yoga classes and mega shows on the day to explain to the world the health benefits of what remains probably India’s most famous export to the world. The UNGA declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga after Modi himself mooted the idea last year in his speech at the general assembly.

The Indian missions in all P5 countries will celebrate the yoga day by organizing free yoga classes and screening movies on the same. Even distant Argentina is said to be buzzing with anticipation over the Indian embassy’s yoga outreach.

India’s ambassador to Argentina Amarendra Khatua said the Indian embassy in Buenos Aires is expecting participation of a million Argentines in programmes being organized all over the country. “These will take place in each province, each municipality of the country. We will also have 7-day yoga classes ending June 21 in all universities and a mega show at Dorego in Buenos Aires with participation of most of 120 yoga bodies active here,” said Khatua.

 

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His Excellency Harsh V Shringla’s personal visit to inspect the venue and check on the ongoing ‪#‎YogaDay‬ preparations

Similarly in Thailand, the Indian embassy will host a yoga event on June 21 which, according to India’s ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla, will be attended by 5,000 people.

 

“The event will be held at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University located in the heart of Bangkok. The deputy prime minister of Thailand and tourism minister along with other dignitaries have already confirmed attendance,” said Shringla.

 

“All participants will be given a T-shirt with an IDY logo, a yoga mat, energy drinks and refreshments free of cost. Celebrities from India and yoga experts will be there to lead the event with good participation of local schools, colleges and institutes. Indian community associations are actively promoting the event,” added Shringla.

The Indian mission in Israel too will mark the day with an event on the beach in Tel Aviv-Yafo which is expected to be attended by over 20,000 people.

At the heart of this initiative is of course Modi’s personal fondness for yoga and what the government sees as his success in using it as an instrument of global diplomacy. Modi again spoke passionately about yoga at the heads of missions conference and that’s where it seems to have dawned on Indian envoys that they needed to stress the art form as a means to a more cogent international outreach.

Modi also looks at IDY as one of his more significant achievements in international diplomacy as no sooner had he proposed the idea, 50 countries – including the US and China – signed up for co-sponsorship of a draft resolution for declaring June 21 as international Yoga day.

Yoga has invariably found mention in Modi’s exchanges with important world leaders including with President Obama. He explained the benefits of Yoga to Obama over their White House dinner, which saw Modi sipping only on warm water as he was fasting, as the president expressed admiration for Modi’s “energy and vigour”. Modi also gifted a book on Yoga to his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.

Calling for a change in lifestyle and for creating consciousness, Modi in his UNGCA speech said Yoga could even help deal with climate change.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature,” he said.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modi-reaches-out-to-the-world-with-yoga-on-first-International-Day-of-Yoga/articleshow/47557843.cms

‘Words on Water’ Final Event of 2015 ‘Festival of India in Thailand’ at Chula Varsity-25 May 2015, 2 pm

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We are delighted to invite you to the concluding event of the ‘2015 Festival of India in Thailand’, an exclusive literary-session, entitled ‘Words on Water’, on Monday, 25 May 2 PM, at the Main Auditorium of the Chulalongkorn University.

The ‘Festival of India in Thailand’ is being organized by the Embassy of India in Thailand and Teamwork Arts, New Delhi, in cooperation with Chulalongkorn University.

This exclusive literary event will feature some of the country’s top Authors who will interact with Sanjoy Roy, President of Teamwork Arts and Convenor of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the largest and most successful festival of its kind in the world.

This is the first time that such a group of prominent Indian writers have been brought to Bangkok. They will provide a rousing end to the ‘2015 Festival of India in Thailand’.

The Chief Guest, at the ‘Words on Water’ event’ will be HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, whose 60th birthday is being commemorated at the Festival.  

An added attraction will be the Royal Photo Exhibition, ‘ India through the lens of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’ at the adjoining Chulalongkorn University Museum, which will be open for viewing, after the literary event.  

The Exhibition was inaugurated on 15 May 2015 by the Prime Minister of Thailand, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocher, and brings out the best of India, as seen by the Princess during her many visits to India.  

We look forward to welcoming you to the last event of the ‘2015 Festival of India in Thailand’.

Kindly Reply to this email id and confirm your attendance, as well as number of seats required, at the earliest.

Pl take your seat by 2-30 pm, latest.

KINDLY NOTE THAT THE EVENT IS FREE, AND OPENS TO THE PUBLIC.

To reserve your seats, please send an email at the earliest, to –

rsvp2015@indianembassy.in.th

Words On Water – Literature Chulalongkorn University 25th May 2015

 

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