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Greater Manchester’s Indian business community set to gather in celebration of International Yoga Day 

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Manchester India Partnership

The Manchester India Partnership, in collaboration with the High Commission of India and the Indian Association of Manchester, is hosting its inaugural International Yoga Event at MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester (GM) on Sunday,19 June 2022.  

The history of yoga in India goes back to 5,000 BC and over the years the ancient practise has been adopted across the globe to support physical and spiritual wellbeing and as a means to escape the rush of modern-day life.  

Ahead of International Yoga Day on the 21st June, 15 Indian organisations based in Greater Manchester have organised the event to recognise the city-region's strong cultural, business and tourism connections to India and celebrate the origins of the popular sport.  

The Manchester India Partnership was founded in February 2018 as a special purpose vehicle by the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, MIDAS - Manchester’s inward investment agency, Manchester Airport, CII and Deloitte, to unite businesses, academia and the public sector across India and Greater Manchester to build and strengthen trade, investment, innovation, cultural and educational ties.  

Over the years the network of companies that share this mission have developed into a soft power centre, which leverage the cultural and people between the GM region and India, thereby delivering opportunities for business and mutual prosperity. 

Shehla Hasan, Executive Director, Manchester India Partnership said:

“ We’re looking forward to promoting the excellent relationship between Manchester and India through a public celebration of yoga in the iconic location of MediaCityUK. India and GM share mutual strengths and interests in low carbon, trade and supporting a growing student economy continue to drive inward investment for both regions.

Mr Vikas Shah, board member Manchester India Partnership said:

“ Yoga is one of the most powerful additions that ever came into my life; the practice of yoga brought me significant benefits physically, and mentally, and has helped me feel alive. I am proud to be a part of International Yoga Day, as we gather to enjoy this ancient practice, which is perhaps more relevant than ever for the modern world.

Dr K Gajanan, President, Indian Association of Manchester said: 

“International Yoga Day is celebrated across the world on 21st June every year. Its ancient origins and the practice of mental and physical wellness is well known all over the world. The pandemic has removed all barriers of race, religion and countries and has shown the benefits of yoga everywhere. In Manchester we have brought more than 20 different organisations together to celebrate this event which is multicultural, multi-religious and bringing together all sections of the Greater Manchester community.

Yoga mats, a water bottle, fruit and a snack bar will be provided to guests. Tickets are free and guests must register via Eventbrite.  

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