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The Consul General of Chicago has introduced the Organizing Committee and participating organizations which include Art of living Foundation, Overseas Volunteer For Better India, Gayathri Gyan Mandir, Isha Foundation, Brahma Kumaris Meditation Certres, SEWA International, Eye on India, Science of Spirituality, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Cognizant and several community organisations.

The official celebration of the First International Yoga Day in Chicago land will take place on 21st June, between 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM at Odeum Expo Center, 1033 North Villa, Villa Park, IL – 60181.

These are the planned activities for the celebration:

i)  Book Exhibition :  A special book exhibition on Yoga will be exhibited on the occasion.

ii) Photo exhibition:  Selected photographs on Yoga by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga [MDNIY]and by Raja Choudhury will be displayed

iii) Screening of the documentary film “History of Yoga : the path of my Ancestors” : This is a 109 minutes film with Hindi subtitles. The film is a 6000 year journey into the origin & evolution of Yoga. The film explores the elements of Yoga in the Harappa civilization, Vedic times, Jainism, Buddhism and the Hath-Yogic practices of medieval times.

iv) Overseas Volunteer for Better India to showcase the current projects supporting initiatives in India ( Project Udaan Video & Intl Yoga Video) will be presented in the booth.

There is lot of effort from the participating organizations which are actively involved in the promotion and propagation of Yoga in the Chicagoland.

The activities to be performed by these organizations on the First International Yoga Day are as follows:

Common Yoga Protocol / demonstration of common asanas for 40 minutes and Breathing Techniques by Art of Living Foundation/OVBI.

  • Children Yoga & Breathing Techniques – OVBI & AOL
  • Surya Namaskar
  •  Meditation Workshop
  • Lecture & presentation
  • Meditation for optimal Wellbeing
  • Skit by Isha Foundation
  • Yoga related activities by various other organizations

There will be a numerous Yoga Studios participating in the event along with Medicine camp, Mouth Watering Food Stall, Herbal Beauty Salon & Merchandise stalls selling Arts & Literature books, Music CDs on Yoga.

Art of Living/ OVBI is responsible for T-shirt & Souvenirs.