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Discovery to air a special show on yoga

MUMBAI: Celebrating the first International Day of Yoga, infotainment broadcaster Discovery Channel will air ‘The Story Of Yoga’.

To air on 21 June at 9 pm, the special will take viewers through a journey to rediscover the age-old practice. The show will air in five languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Bangla.

The hour-long special will explore the evolution, mysticism, spiritualism and cultural ethos of yoga. It will also capture yoga’s journey to the West and its emergence into the modern society and popular culture.

Discovery South Asia executive VP, GM Rahul Johri said, “ ‘The Story of Yoga’ is one of the most comprehensive narratives that provide an in-depth view on the evolution of yoga from an ancient practice to a lifestyle choice that’s making tremendous impact on people’s lives around the world. We are delighted to be part of this great initiative led by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn June 21 into a people’s movement and are extremely pleased to showcase a truly fascinating story of yoga to our viewers around the globe.”

The special offers viewers an elaborate view into prominent yoga schools, the lives of new age gurus and trends. It traces unique forms of yoga, explores the traditional approach to yoga, understands Aurobindo’s philosophy among other things across yoga schools such as Iyengar School at Pune, Bihar School of Yoga at Munger, Internal Yoga at Pondicherry, Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and many more.

‘The Story of Yoga’ visits yogpeeths and modern retreats to offer a never-seen-before look into yoga’s techniques, applications and philosophy.

Travelling from the foothills of the Himalayas, traversing through the length and breadth of India, the programme gets viewers to rendezvous with avid practitioners of yoga. Through the show, viewers meet the Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, modern yoga exponent Bharat Thakur and Bollywood stars and yoga practitioners like Anil Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty and yoga guru Baba Ramdev to understand the spiritual and healing powers of yoga.

Navigating through the world, from India to California and Brazil to get a world perspective from new age spiritualist Deepak Chopra and celebrity yogini Deepika Mehta, the programme demystifies yoga’s worldwide appeal.

‘The Story of Yoga ‘will also simulcast on Discovery HD World on 21 June at 9 pm.