International Yoga Day 2023: PM Modi Leads Yoga Session at UN Headquarters

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On the 9th International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a yoga session at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The event brought together renowned personalities from various fields, including Hollywood actor Richard Gere, Iyengar yoga exponent Deidra Demens, and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

Attendees and Significance

  • Political Figures:
    • Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
    • Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City
  • Diplomats:
    • Csaba Korosi, President of the 77th UN General Assembly
    • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the UN
  • Entertainment Industry:
    • Richard Gere, Actor and Human Rights Advocate
    • Mary Millben, Singer
    • Zain Asher, CNN News Anchor
    • Falguni Shah, Singer
  • Business Leaders:
    • Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce
    • Mike Hayes, Chief Operating Officer of VM Ware
  • Healthcare and Education:
    • Kenneth Lee, Community Health Chaplain at University Hospital, Newark
    • Jeffrey D Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College
    • Christopher Tompkins, Scholar of South and Southeast Asian Studies at Berkeley University
  • Yoga Instructors and Practitioners:
    • Deidra Demens, Iyengar Yoga Exponent
    • Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee, Renowned Yoga Instructors
    • Victoria Gibbs, Yoga Instructor
  • Other Notable Attendees:
    • Jay Shetty, Podcaster and Former Monk
    • Vikas Khanna, Chef and Restaurateur
    • Britt Kelly Slabinski, US Navy SEAL Officer
    • Seema Mody, CNBC Global Markets Reporter
    • Travis Mills, War Veteran and Yoga Advocate
    • Ricky Kej, Grammy Award-Winning Music Composer and Environmentalist

The International Day of Yoga 2023 at the UN Headquarters showcased the global appeal of yoga and its transformative power. The presence of renowned personalities from diverse backgrounds highlights the increasing recognition of yoga as a holistic practice that promotes physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.


By John S. Wilson

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