Monday, 24 September, 2018

India celebrates Int'l Yoga Day

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day International Yoga Day: India takes a deep breath with Modi on the mat
Steve Townsend | 22 June, 2018, 08:38

Following a request from PM Modi, the United Nations General Assembly, in December 2014, had declared that June 21 would be observed as International Yoga Day every year.

The programme was started with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the CGs of India, Sri Lanka, China, South Korea, Nepal, Uzbekistan and others. "All of these benefits inspired me to become a yoga instructor with the hope to share these benefits with more people", says Rola.

JD (U) spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said the party leaders including Nitish Kumar begin their day with yoga. It is a passport for wellness. My best wishes to those who have opted to practice yoga.

Modern Western references such as the Oxford English Dictionary define yoga as a "spiritual and ascetic discipline" which includes "breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures".

"Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, Yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world", said the PM.

This year, incumbent Governor, Kummanam Rajasekharan, did not take part in the celebration as he was away in Delhi, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Union minister Mahesh Sharma and other BJP leaders performed yoga asanas in public in Kolkata. Thanks to the efforts of Nouf Marwaai, yoga has been popularized here.

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"As the Sun is for all, the Moon is for all, rivers are for all, in the same way yoga is for all", he said.

"We know that Nitish Kumar is a yoga enthusiast". This was a great experience, and lots of Saudis and onlookers joined in, and some were curious and asked us what we were doing. and we explained that this is yoga and lot of them joined us.

"There are many BJP leaders who could not make it to the function". He said: "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving".

"Yoga is double-pronged and improves both the mental and physical state", she told Premium Times. "It is sure to have only positive growth in the days to come". Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn't belong to India alone.

The prime minister also took to social media to share the intricacies of various yoga asanas.

"Yoga has become one of the unifying forces of the world".

The prime minister described Uttarakhand as a sacred land and said it had been the centre of yoga for ages. Yoga fosters oneness through oneness, it brings oneness in mind, body and soul. In a distracted world, it helps focus. Also, this tour will be beginning from June 21, 2018, in order to mark the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018.

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