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On June 18, at 8 o’clock in the morning the large-scale event, Marathon without Rush, is going to take place on Kyiv’s Khreshchatyk Street. It is dedicated to the International Day of Yoga, annually celebrated worldwide under the aegis of the United Nations. The Marathon was initiated by the Embassy of India in Ukraine and the India Club and will mark the 25th anniversary of the friendly relationship between our two countries.

Marathon without Rush is a wonderful opportunity to introduce this millennia-old physical, mental and spiritual practice to people. Doing yoga together will prove that everyone can embrace it, regardless of physical form, age or religion.

Organizers expect it to be the biggest yoga session ever taken place in Ukraine. The organizers invited representatives from The Ukraine’s National Register of Records to document new Ukrainian and European record for the number of people simultaneously performing this ancient Indian practice.

Manoj Kumar Bharti, the Ambassador of India to Ukraine:
“The 3rd International Day of Yoga is being organized in Kyiv as a big event. Named as Marathon without Rush, it is a milestone event for the Embassy of India in Ukraine. It is also an important event in Kyiv’s life and a worthy celebration of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. Yoga, a Sanskrit word, means ‘to combine’ or ‘ to join’. By doing yoga we attain a peaceful stable mind and a tension free supple body. Individuals at peace with themselves will form a peaceful family, peaceful families will make a peaceful society, which in turn will make peaceful countries. And peaceful countries will bring peace to the entire world. Yoga, a unique asset of Indians, has already become an integral part of the lifestyle of millions of people worldwide. I would like to invite everyone – those who are interested in yoga, who practice it, who want to learn more about this ancient practice and its health benefits to join the Marathon. It kicks off at 8 a.m. on June 18 in Khreshchatyk. Let’s do it together!”

Many Ukrainian celebs practice yoga, embracing it as their lifestyle. Among them are a singer Katia Chilly, a choreographer Tetiana Denysova, a designer Andre Tan, TV hosts Yuriy Horbunov and Kateryna Osadcha, a musician and singer Serhiy Babkin, an actress and TV host Yanina Sokolova to name just a few. Everyone can benefit from yoga, the most important thing being a sense of harmony and peace, which is badly needed for each person living in this rapidly changing world.

Lilia Poustovit, a well-liked Ukrainian fashion designer, has been practicing yoga for over 18 years. She says it helps her to keep a positive environment at home, in the office and other aspects of her life: “Every morning I do Surya Namaskara, or Sun Salutation, which is a Yoga warm-up routine based on a sequence of gracefully linked asanas, and then I meditate. We need to maintain not only our physical health but also spiritual and emotional. Meditation is a special state without thoughts, it is a silence inside which helps us to feel and bring out the best in ourselves. Thuswise, I follow the words of Nirmala Srivastava, an outstanding humanist of our time, who said: “The spiritual ascent is the purpose of your life, and constant evolution is your job.” That is why I invite everyone to join such a wonderful project – the yoga session Marathon without Rush. Ukraine will do it!”

In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ comes from the root yuj which means ‘to add’, ‘to join’, ‘to unite’, or an ‘embodiment’ in its most common senses. This is exactly what our inner energy, called Shakti, or The Great Divine Mother, does.

Marathon without Rush starts at 8 o’clock in the morning on Khreshchatyk Street. Bring your mats, come first and bag the best spots!

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