Say ‘Namaste’ Carmel


By Renee Larr

On June 21, Namaste Carmel and the Greater Indianapolis Telugu Association will host the first International Day of Yoga. The event will be held in the Gazebo at Carmel City Hall on June 21 from 6 to 10 a.m. Participants can choose between two morning sessions of yoga.



June 21 was recently declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly. Carmel resident and event organizer Raju Chinthala wanted Carmel to participate so he created the event.

“Everyone all over the world is celebrating the first International Day of Yoga. Carmel is the best city in the state and we would love to have this event and encourage more people to show up and celebrate the benefits of yoga,” said Chinthala.

The date was specifically chosen due to the summer solstice.

“The sun rises that day much earlier. June 21 is the longest day of the year. The sun rises around 5:15 a.m. and then the sun sets around 8:30 or 9 p.m. so it’s almost 15.5 hours of daylight that day. So, that’s the reason we selected June 21,” said Chinthala.

The first session will begin at 6 a.m. with registration until 6:30 a.m. followed by a brief warm up and an hour of yoga ending at 7:45 a.m. The second session will begin at 8 a.m. with registration until 8:30 a.m. followed by a brief warm up and an hour of yoga ending at 9:45 a.m.

The event is family-friendly and open to all ages and yoga skill levels.

“Yoga is for everyone – it will be very simple, basic. If someone is an expert they can also join, but it will be for every level and every age,” said Chinthala.

Chinthala is hoping to be able to add a kids’ yoga session as well.

It’s free to attend, but guests should register in advance. Guests should bring their own mat and water. For more information visit

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