Foreigners outnumber NRIs in Glasgow Yoga Camp by Baba Ramdev

India is the birthplace of Yoga, but now it belongs to the whole world.

– Baba Ramdev

The recent Yoga Camp by baba Ramdev at Emirates Arena in the Scottish city of Glasgow certainly would have left this impression on everyone’s mind present there.
The Glasgow Yoga Camp tells the real story of growing popularity of this centuries-old practice as the foreign nationals outnumbered the NRIs. In fact, more than 1,000 people practiced Yoga on Tuesday at the famous Emirates Arena Velodrome, out of which 60 to 70 percent were of different origins and countries.
In comparison to the Olympia West in London and Marble Arena at Coventry in Birmingham, the number of foreign national participants in Glasgow Yoga camp was more than the expectations. It demonstrates the acceptance of thousands of years old Indian Yoga beyond the boundaries, cast and creeds. Be it a British, Scottish, European, Pakistani or Nepali citizen all joined the bandwagon, keeping in mind that the Yoga can cherish their lives.

Yoga in Glasgow

Present at the last leg of Yoga camps in UK, to mark the 4th International Day of Yoga, were Consul General of India in Edinburgh Ms Anju Ranjan and Councillor of Glasgow City Council Ms Rhiannon Spear. They shared the stage with Swami Ramdev.  Both of them practiced almost all the Asanas and Pranayams with the Yoga Guru.

After the two-hour-long Yoga session, ‘Scottish National Party’ Councillor, Ms Spear informed that she was a regular practitioner of Yoga.  “I visited Goa in 2015 and learned Yoga professionally. When I came back, I continued practicing yoga regularly. Now I feel a divine energy within myself after practicing Yoga,” she revealed.

The first camp, held at Olympia West in London was marked by the special presence of the Indian boxing Olympian Vijender Singh. Second one at Marble Arena in Coventry (Birmingham) witnessed the presence of Consul General of India in Birmingham, Mr Aman Puri.

A Scottish girl Diana attending the camp said that the Yoga has changed her life. “I was suffering from hypertension. Following the suggestion of one of my close colleagues, I started practicing Yoga. Now I am a happy person,” she said adding that she also wants to spread the importance of Yoga.

Alic, a Canadian driver, was suffering from a backache for a long time. He spent a lot of money on treatment, but all in vain. He started practicing Yoga on his sister’s suggestion and now he is feeling much better.

Baba Ramdev’s Yoga and Ayurvedic products sell under the brand name of Patanjali. The brand’s growth is exemplary in terms of its virality and reach. Thanks to his efforts, Yoga a back in vogue. And that’s certainly a huge achievement.

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