International Yoga Day 2018

India gears up to celebrate International Yoga Day

Chennai College students with painted faces during an event to commemorate International Day of Yoga 2018

Interestingly, the celebrations of International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 which were being conducted in Lucknow were interrupted by heavy rainfall, but the spirit of the people to perform Yoga could not be washed away as a large number of people joined in the celebrations all over the country.

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

Mr. Modi said the way to lead a calm, creative and content life was yoga.

"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. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn't belong to India alone.

Dehradun: On the 4th International Yoga day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yoga has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being as he led an estimated 50,000 enthusiasts to perform asanas at an institute in Dehradun.

Echoing a similar theme, Sri Lanka Consul General Abdul Wahid Abdul Salam said, "I have learned yoga five years back in Bangalore in India by staying in an ashram".

The popularity of Yoga is going to increase not only in India but also in China, he said. Modi said India should be proud to be the "guardians of the great practice".

#08:15 AM: Ramdev makes it to the Guinness Book: Yog Guru and businessman Baba Ramdev made it to Guinness Book of World Record by presiding over largest crowd practicing yoga in Rajasthan's Kota. Adding to it, yoga creates a harmony between your mind, body, and soul. "Last year, we had observed the International Yoga Day in Kolkata", he said.

"Yoga should be a 365-day affair and should be practiced for a healthy living", stated Sudhansu Adhikari, Odisha chief of the Patanjali Yoga Samiti.

For the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018, the AYUSH Ministry is all set to organise a tour for the overseas Yoga professionals to the "Yoga's birthplace" that is the southern state of Kerala.

"We know that Nitish Kumar is a yoga enthusiast. Arabic Fusion Yoga is now a popular addition", she said.

The resolution achieved much support and was quickly passed, with June 21, 2015 slated as the inaugural International Yoga Day.

When asked about Kumar's absence at the event, both Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sushil Modi insisted that what was important was that people practised yoga regularly, wherever they chose, and that the presence or absence of a public figure must not be "politicized".

Troops guarding the world's highest battleground on the Siachen glacier, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, did yoga routines at an altitude of around 18,000 feet (5,486 m).

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