The 'Festival of Yoga and Wellbeing' was celebrated at ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar on the occasion of International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2019. As per the programme, Yoga practice was conducted for two days by Mr. Pitambara Sahoo and Mr. Jugajyoti Chaudhary, Yoga teacher from Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Odisha on 19th and 20th June respectively from 5 to 6 pm. On 21st June 2019, mass Yoga was performed as per the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) from 7 to 8 am. At the beginning, Mr. Chaudhary, Yoga expert briefed about Yoga and its principles. Then the mass Yoga started as per the Common Yoga Protocol. Some of the international trainees from the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) training program continuing in the institute also attended the Yoga progarmme. The Yoga practice session ended with Sankalpa led by Dr. S. K. Ambast, Director, ICAR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar followed by Shanti Patha.
In the forenoon from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm, competitions were organized on slogans and article writing on Yoga as part of the 'Festival of Yoga and Wellbeing' program. Some of the staffs displayed arts and drawings on Yoga during the occasion. In the afternoon from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm, a formal workshop on Yoga was conducted. Shri Sudhansu Sekhar Adhikary, Odisha State Coordinator, Patanjali Yog Peeth, Khurda, Odisha delivered lecture on usefulness of Yoga in our day to day life. He also demonstrated asanas helpful to control digestive problems, diabetes, hypertension and sense organs. Dr. S. K. Ambast, Director, elaborated the importance of the International Yoga Day and urged everybody to practice Yoga every day for maintaining good health. Scientists and staff members of the institute interacted with Yoga experts and cleared their doubts. Mr. Suryakanta Mohanty, expert from Patanjali Yog Peetha was also present. At the end of the program, certificates and prizes were distributed to the winners of the slogan and article writing competition. The program was organized by Dr. S. Mohanty, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer of the International Day of Yoga.