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Surya Festival of Yoga and Wellness (4th edition) on occasion of 10th IDY 2024 celebrating "Yoga for Women Empowerment"

Posted on: May 31, 2024 | Back | Print

Yoga is a comprehensive instrument for empowering women, encompassing their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being: Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, MD (Ayu), Secretary of State for AYUSH, Government of India.

This year the Embassy of India, Ljubljana will organize the 4th edition of the Surya Festival of Yoga and Wellness in Slovenia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Yoga (IDY). IDY is observed every year on 21st June, ever since Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi proposed during his address at the UN in year 2014 a global annual celebration of Yoga to embrace a healthy lifestyle and holistic well-being with Yoga practice.

In Slovenia, the Embassy of India will celebrate the fourth edition of 10-day Surya Festival of Yoga and Wellness from 11 to 21 June 2024, which will commence with a curtain raiser event on 10th June in Slovenj Gradec and will be celebrated in many cities of beautiful Slovenia, some of the Major cities and municipalities being Ljubljana, Novo Mesto, Nova Gorica, Vipava, Slovenj Gradec, Kranj, Škofja Loka, Murska Sobota… and more.

The IDY theme of this year’s 10th anniversary celebrations will be “Yoga for Women Empowerment”. In its announcement in March, the Secretary of the Ministry of AYUSH, Vaidya Mr Rajesh Kotecha, stated that the purpose of Yoga Mahotsav 2024 celebrations is to propel Yoga into a widespread movement with focus on women well-being and promoting global health and peace. The Ministry of AYUSH has in fact actively supported studies on various conditions affecting women, including stress management, and the like, to focus on women's health irrespective of their age or condition, promoting women empowerment through evidence-based research. Yoga is a comprehensive instrument for empowering women, encompassing their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Empowered women take on roles as leaders, educators, and advocates for change, promoting inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment across society.

With these beliefs, Embassy of India’s 4th edition of Surya Festival of Yoga and Wellness, along with Embassy’s valuable partners from India and Slovenia – the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India; Indian Council for Cultural Relations (MEA); Municipalities partnering with the Embassy; University of Ljubljana; Yoga Associations and schools in Slovenia including the Isha Foundation, Art of Living, Yoga in Daily Life; KAYA Associationand more… will celebrate the 10th International Day of Yoga.

We look forward towards your active participation.

Embassy of India, Ljubljana


Festival program is enclosed below.