As part of the International Day of Yoga, naval ships deployed in the Indian Ocean region are visiting ports of friendly foreign nations and promoting the message of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family). This initiative, known as the ‘Ocean Ring of Yoga,’ aims to strengthen bonds and foster harmony among nations.
Onboard Indian naval ships such as Kiltan, Chennai, Shivalik, Sunayna, Trishul, Tarkash, Vagir, Sumitra, and Brahmaputra, various yoga day events and activities are being organized. These ships are currently stationed in the Indian Ocean Region.
Indian Navy Promoting Yoga Globally through Port Calls and Collaborations
Indian naval ships have been making significant port calls at various locations, including Chattogram in Bangladesh, Safaga in Egypt, Jakarta in Indonesia, Mombasa in Kenya, Toamasina in Madagascar, Muscat in Oman, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Phuket in Thailand, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. During these visits, the Indian Navy is organizing yoga sessions in accordance with the “Common Yoga Protocol.”
A Remarkable Journey as Ambassadors of Yoga
Nearly 3,500 naval personnel on board 19 Indian Navy ships have embarked on an extraordinary journey, covering more than 35,000 kilometers in both national and international waters, while serving as ambassadors of yoga. Among them, over 2,400 personnel are currently stationed on 11 naval ships at foreign ports or in international waters.
Cross-cultural Celebrations and Collaborations
In a spirit of cross-cultural exchange, yoga day celebrations are also taking place on board ships of several foreign navies, in collaboration with India’s overseas missions. These celebrations involve the active participation of more than 1,200 foreign navy personnel, highlighting the universality of yoga’s appeal.
Prioritizing Awareness and Participation
Recognizing the transformative power of yoga, the Indian Navy had previously conducted extensive awareness campaigns to encourage maximum participation among naval personnel, defense civilians, and their families. These campaigns aimed to foster a deep appreciation for yoga’s physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.
The International Day of Yoga: A Global Recognition
The United Nations General Assembly, responding to a resolution proposed by India and co-sponsored by numerous countries, officially designated June 21 as the International Day of Yoga (IDY). Since its inception in 2015, this special day has been observed worldwide, promoting the practice of yoga and its positive impact on individuals and societies.
Through their port visits, collaborations, and awareness campaigns, the Indian Navy has demonstrated their commitment to sharing the essence of yoga with people across borders, fostering well-being, and spreading the message of harmony and unity.