Thousands of activists across the globe performed yoga on Sunday as part of ‘Yoga Stops Traffic’ – a global community event held to create public awareness about human trafficking.
Organised by the Odanadi Seva Trust, fighting against human trafficking, yoga practitioners in Mysuru dusted and rolled out their mats at the Chamaraja Circle opposite the palace at dawn for the hour-long demonstration.
This was the seventh edition of the global yoga event and was held at 142 venues in 35 countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Israel, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico etc.Prabahamani, an activist of Odanadi, said that it was being held in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Goa.
The organisers said that it was symbolic of raising their voice in unison against trafficking. R. Balasubramaniam, founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, who inaugurated the event in Mysuru, said the challenges to fight thuman trafficking was immense.
“Yoga is India’s gift to the world and using it as a tool to fight human trafficking and organising it across different countries, has its own challenges,” he said.
The event in Mysuru was preceded by cultural programmes and a stage programme after which the volunteers performed ‘surya namaskar’ for about 45 minutes.