The United Nations is planning a host of events for 2016 International Yoga Day. On Monday, June 20, 2016, the special event will feature a Conversation with Yoga Masters entitled “Yoga for the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.” The program will be from 3-5pm in the ECOSOC Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York. After a short film on International Day of Yoga, there will be welcome remarks from Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the UN. Then, mind-body-spirit expert Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy will moderate a discussion with 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, and Max Kennedy will then moderate a discussion with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. Then, there will be an open discussion initiative with a Statement on behalf of the UN Secretary General followed by Q&A. Closing remarks will be by Ambassador Tanya Lal, Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN. The event can be watched live at http://webtv.un.org.
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Sadhguru will lead the celebrations at the circle in front of the glass-fronted UN headquarters tower by holding a session of simple yoga practice and yogic chants. General Assembly President Morgens Lykketoft and Cristina Gallach, the Under Secretary General for Communication and Public Information, will be special guests. Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, is expected to be there as well.