The ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) is ready with an updated version of its mobile application, Yoga Locator 2019, which provides relevant information on yoga centres, practitioners and events near you.

“It is an upgraded version that people will get to use this year and is divided into three specific categories for the convenience of people. First category is to look for individual yoga practitioners, second is free yoga programmes nearby and the third category is for locating institutions that offer yoga close to your location,” says Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary, Ayush.

The information provided through the application will be certified by the experts under the Ayush ministry.

“We are attaching the participants with the yoga certification board to keep track of the quality of facilities on offer. And it is not meant just for the consumption of Indians but also people in other countries,” he says.

The Bhuvan App-Mobile Application, is also ready in its new avatar and can be used to report a detailed information of location, participants, organisers, instructors and volunteer of Yoga event celebrated on the International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2019.

“This app that we have developed with the help of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is meant to provide as accurate as possible the magnitude of participation on the day of the main event. The app will help in mapping all the areas where people participated in large numbers and will provide a sort of heat map,” said Kotecha.

The mapping will happen in real time as it will provide geo time location and documentation.

The ministry has also been reaching out to village pradhans to ensure there is an event organized at the village level.

“We have been in touch with the gram pradhans and provided them information and training on common yoga protocol, standard operating procedures, especially to go with this year’s theme that is Yoga for heart health,” says Kotecha.

Yoga flash at the iconic Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. Events are being held across 43 cities in Bulgaria from 15-23 June in between 12,000 and 15,000 people will participate.

Globally, at least 180 countries have confirmed participation for the day, and monuments of historic importance such as Eiffel Tower, France, Times Square, United States of America and Sydney Harbour, Australia, will serve as the venue.

The main event in India, which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be held in Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara Ground in Jharkhand this year. As many as 30,000 people are expected to be a part of the event on June 21.