Hundreds of people took part in “Brussels Yoga Day”, which took place in Brussels’ Cambre park. The organisers say 3,500 yoga fans took part in a mass nyoga session for International Yoga Day. The Indian ambassador to Belgium, Manjeev Singh Puri, attended. International Yoga Day was launched by the United Nations in December. A resolution was submitted by India, and co-signed by 177 member States. “This resolution shows there is a worldwide interest in yoga, and there is a desire to live a healthier, less stressful life, and create a form of global harmony”, says the Indian ambassador. “I am pleased that so many people turned up to take part in this event, despite the bad weather”, he said.
The session’s organiser, Bernadette Erpicum, is more than satisfied with the success of Brussels Yoga Day. “When we organised a similar event three years ago, we wanted to present yoga to as many people as possible”, she explained. “That really happened today. Since then, yoga has become a social phenomenon. Companies, the entertainment sector, and healthcare are becoming more and more interested in it. It has also been scientifically proven that yoga contributes to well-being and better balance. I have been a fan for over eight years, and there are mental and physical benefits”, she says.
As well as the giant yoga session in Brussels, there were other smaller events in Bruges, Courtrai, Antwerp, Enghien and Durbuy on Sunday.