International Yoga Day at Rabin Square (artist’s rendering)
On Wednesday, June 21, Israel will celebrate the Third International Yoga Day with the largest yoga event in Israel, at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, from 4 to 11 PM.
This year, Yoga Day will also celebrate India and Israel’s 25 years of diplomatic relations: 1500 yoga mats will be quilted together into a giant depiction of the city’s dreams, and thousands will partake in multiple forms of yoga, led by Dr. Rohit Sabharwal, a renowned yoga teacher from the Art of Living Yoga stream.
Giant depiction of the city’s dreams (part) / Photo credit: Raphael Pinhas Courtesy Dreame
An official ceremony at 8 PM will include a message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian music and dance.
At 4 PM, the largest artwork ever created out of yoga mats will be revealed, visualizing the future of Israel in 30 years, with emphasis on the environment, the culture, and co-existence – led by DreaMe Diaries author and founder and CEO of Dreame Sharonna Karni Cohen, who has collected hundreds of dreams from hundreds of people in Tel Aviv.
Working on giant depiction of the city’s dreams / Photo credit: Raphael Pinhas Courtesy Dreame
Sharonna recruited artist Amit Trainin and two junior artists who transformed these dreams into one artwork visualizing the future. This was scanned and sliced into 1500 pieces and printed onto yoga mats, which will be quilted together on Wednesday morning.
Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will visit Israel in the coming weeks, the first such visit by an India PM. Modi, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, proposed the celebration of International Yoga Day, and June 21 has since been declared by the UN as the International Yoga Day.
Printed yoga mats waiting to be spread out at Rabin Square / Photo credit: Raphael Pinhas Courtesy Dreame
Prime Minister Modi stated at the time that “Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature, a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
The event is free of charge, including the Yoga sessions, which will cater to every level of proficiency.
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It’s our problem, actually, and we’ve made it theirs.
Check out our split-brain reaction to the Palestinian Authority. By rights, the U.S. should have nothing to do with people who venerate and pay for terror against civilians; teach their children that their country is “From the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea; rob donors and international agencies blind; jail people for their Facebook posts; hold office eight years after the end of a single elected term; refuse to seat an elected parliament; and refuse to acknowledge the permanence and legitimacy of America’s ally, Israel.
Tell me, I am asked over and over again, both by friends and by people who aren’t my friends, have you people in the media gone mad? Do you really think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sold the state’s interest to help his friends get rich?
You’re creating the impression that “Netanyahu is a traitor,” without actually saying the word. It’s worse than what they did to the former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, some even say. And in any event, none of his supporters buy into your claims. You’re simply lying.
“Many people prowl round Mount Sinai. Their speech is blurred, either they are garrulous or they shout or they are taciturn. But none of them comes straight down a broad, newly made, smooth road that does its own part in making one’s strides long and swifter.” (Franz Kafka, Mount Sinai)