Press release
2016 06 22


Vilnius, as well as a substantial share of other world capitals, celebrated the International Yoga Day on June 21st. Free yoga workouts and morning Sun salutation exercises, held in the Old town, ended with a series of events in the City Hall. High attendance of lectures and exercises proves that yoga is no longer an exotic novelty, and it is safe to engage not only in one’s homes but also in open public events.

One of the organizers of the event in Vilnius, “Art of Living” Yoga teacher Jurga Piekutė says that the enclosed space proved to be a success: "Last year our event was organized near the White Bridge, and as it was raining, our ceremony was attended by only the most enthusiastic yoga lovers. We have learned from our mistakes, and this year the Vilnius City Hall received 1000 participants - it exceeded our expectations. In addition, this year's program was much broader and more diverse: in addition to traditional “Tree” posture and asanas exercises, participants of the event admired classical Indian dance performances “Sanctuary of Dance”, engaged in a meditation and Upanishads’ chanting. Moreover, attendants gained useful experience and knowledge shared not only by the country's practitioners and scientists, but also by well-known representatives of the Hindu philosophy.”

Festival was opened by the Honorary Consul of India Rajinder Kumar Chaudhary, who said that the program was made to attract those who already practise yoga and those who wish to try and understand its origin and meaning. Therefore, specialists of the Eastern philosophy, Indian culture, and related disciplines gave speeches on spirituality, concentration, body and soul cleansing, significance of yoga practice, its prospects for Lithuania and in general in modern society in the lecture hall.

During the event a list by the Indian Ambassador in Warsaw was published to formally recognize the three yoga ambassadors of Lithuania. Announced were the following: Jurga Piekutė, Vaidas Deksnys, Lithuanian Healthy Living and Natural Medicine Chamber Council member, and Gintautas Šiupšinskas, the head of Mai Ram International Yoga Association. The title given for multi merits of yoga dissemination Lithuania, dedication for this spirit and body cleansing practices, for the professionalism and trust achieved in yogi community.

"I am delighted that the event has grown over the years, it has attracted more interest and has become an important health, sports and spiritual phenomenon. In addition, the events took place in other cities at the same time, so yoga is no longer a privilege only to residents of Vilnius. I hope that each year the event will grow, expanding its geography and attendance, and the virus of physical health will infect more and more Lithuanians", - said the Indian Honorary Consul of Lithuania.

Consulate initiated the Yoga Day for the second year in a row. In collaboration with the yoga schools and yoga, festive events were organized in ten cities in the country - Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai, Marijampolė, Tauragė, Biržai, Pasvalys Radviliškis, and Ukmergė.

At the end of 2014, the United Nations announced the 21st of June as International Day of Yoga, commemorating these mind and body purification practices, which were born in ancient India over 7000 years ago and has survived until our days. This year, the celebration of this day started in Vilnius City Hall Square: on June 17-21 free yoga classes and Sun salutation ceremonies took place in order to present yoga as a democratic, affordable and convenient lifestyle.