Posted on: June 16, 2020
Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India has called upon one and all to participate in the “My Life – My Yoga”(also called “Jeevan Yoga”) Video Blogging Contest, a joint effort by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), during the course of his monthly Mann Ki Baat address. The contest focuses on the transformative impact of Yoga on the lives of individuals, and comes as one of the activities related to the observation of the sixth International Day of Yoga (IDY) coming up on 21st June 2020. The contest has gone live on the social media handles of the Ministry of AYUSH on 31 May 2020. This contest is open to all participants across the world.
The observation of IDY in the past years has been marked by thousands of harmonious mass demonstrations of Yoga in public places. Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, no mass gathering would be advisable this year. Hence, this year the Ministry is encouraging the people to practice Yoga at their homes, with participation from the entire family. Through the My Life – My Yoga video blogging competition, the Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR seek to raise awareness about Yoga and to inspire people to prepare for and become active participants in the observation of IDY 2020. The contest will support participation via the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The entries can now also be submitted through My Gov platform and the mylifemyyoga2020.com portal of the Ministry of AYUSH. Video contest will be open to participants from all countries.
The contest will run in two legs. First leg consisting of an international video blogging contest, wherein the winners will be picked within a country. This will be followed by global prize winners who will be selected from winners from different countries.
Entries can be submitted by participants under three categories covering youth (aged under 18), adults (above 18 years) and yoga professionals, and further, separately for male and female contestants. This makes it a total of six categories in all. Prizes will be awarded to winners of each category. Global prizes at Stage-2 have been announced and the same are included in guidelines.
This contest is open to all participants across the world. Video can be uploaded starting 31st May, 2020 2:00 PM IST onwards. Deadline for entries is 11:50 PM IST on June 21, 2020. To enter into the contest the participant may judiciously include within the 3 minutes duration the video of 3 Yogic practices (kriya, asana, pranayama, bandha or mudra) and a short video message/ description on how the said Yogic practices influenced his/ her life. The video may be uploaded on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the contest hashtag #MyLifeMyYoga<Country> and appropriate category hashtag. Eg. #MyLifeMyYogaICELAND #FemaleYouth (or any one of #FemaleAdult, #FemaleYogaProfessional, #MaleYouth, #MaleAdult, #MaleYogaProfessional, as per appropriate category). Please also tag Ministry of AYUSH (Facebook – @ministryofayush, Twitter – @moayush, Instagram – @ministryofayush) and Embassy of India in Reykjavik (Facebook – @IndiainReykjavik, Twitter – @indembiceland, Instagram – @indiainiceland) in the description. For detailed guidelines, please check the attached guidelines or stay tuned on Yoga Portal of Ministry of AYUSH(https://yoga.ayush.gov.in/yoga/) for further details related to communication and receiving of awards.
The announcement of the contest by PM has generated tremendous curiosity about and interest in it. The Ministry of AYUSH is confident that this interest would convert into significant public health gains, as the positive impact of Yoga in the management of many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic situation is by now well accepted.