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Sixth International Yoga Day at Army Headquarters

The High Commission of India organised a yoga session along with Sri Lanka Army at its Headquarters in Colombo to mark the sixth International Day of Yoga on June 21. Special messages from Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa were telecast on the occasion.

High Commissioner of India Gopal Baglay and Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Sri Lanka Army Commander along with various dignitaries and armed forces personnel participated in the session. Security Forces Headquarters West, Panagoda and Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee also joined online.

Commending Sri Lanka Army’s role on the frontline in the fight against COVID pandemic in Sri Lanka, High Commissioner Gopal Baglay highlighted the benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda in building immunity and reducing stress during the pandemic.

He said that billions of people irrespective of their colour, religion, language or race practice some form of Yoga today and enjoy its benefits of health, happiness, greater awareness of inner self and even enlightenment.

Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of Sri Lanka Army remarked that Yoga signifies the solidarity that exists between Sri Lanka and India for thousands of years. He extended his appreciation to High Commission of India for observing the International Day of Yoga in-line with requirements in the prevailing situation.

He noted that the virtual Yoga Session was a valued opportunity for all participants to experience a healthy activity which connects body, mind and soul.

This is the third consecutive year in which Sri Lanka Army has participated in the International Day of Yoga programme.

This year’s yoga session with Army was organised while observing social distancing measures and other health protocol. Various other events were held throughout the day in Sri Lanka marking the occasion.

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