Dear Islanders,

Yoga is an invaluable gift to the world from our ancestors with numerous benefits to both physical and mental health. 21st June has been recognised as the International Day of Yoga (IDY) by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in December, 2014 at the initiative of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Since then, IDY has been an occasion which is observed around the world with great enthusiasm and fervour.

The Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) has been developed by the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India to facilitate harmony in the observation of IDY. Necessary care needs to be taken while following the CYP. Individuals facing health issues are advised to consult a physician /Yoga expert before taking up Yoga practice.               

Given the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country, the benefits offered by Yoga have become even more important for physical and mental well-being. However, it will not be advisable to organise events that require congregation of people for observing the 7th IDY.

Therefore, the islanders are appealed to observe 7th IDY this year with practice of 45-minutes CYP drill at home with their families with the message "Be with Yoga, Be at Home" on 21st June, 2021 at 7:00 AM.

Jai Hind !

Admiral D K Joshi


Lieutenant Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

& Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency