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Yoga Devotees Gather In Township For International Yoga Day

Yoga devotees being led through some positions at the International Day of Yoga observance June 23.

Yoga enthusiasts from across the country and around the world came together June 23 at the Fairbridge Hotel on Davidson Avenue to participate in a kind of yogapalooza.

The occasion was the 5th annual International Day of Yoga, an event created by a United Nations action in 2014. Technically, the day is June 21, but it’s able to be celebrated during the week.

Sponsored by the Consulate General of India in New York with a number of partners, the day was designed to showcase the different forms of yoga, said Uday Kumar, one of the organization’s volunteers.

” Almost 20 non-profit organizations have come together with different flavors and offerings of yoga and the community of over 2,500 people has come together to talk about the importance of yoga in day-to-day life,” he said.

“This is essentially a showcase, open to all of the community to participate in and benefit from,” he said.

Some of the day’s speakers flew over from India to participate, and devotees came from as far away as California.

In addition to speeches about what yoga means and its benefits, attendees were also able to sample some of the many forms of Yoga.

Mayor Phil Kramer welcomed the crowd and thanked the organizers for choosing to have the event in Franklin Township.

“We appreciate you being here,” he said. “We appreciate what yoga is doing for the world.”

Also in attendance were Township Council members Kimberly Francois, Crystal Pruit and Rajiv Prasad.

Following are some scenes from the day:

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