Odisha soaks in Yoga Day celebration

Henrietta Strickland
June 21, 2018

Mr. Modi said the way to lead a calm, creative and content life was yoga. Dehradun se Dublin tak, Shanghai se Chicago tak, Jakarta se Johannesburg tak, Yoga hi Yoga hai (From Dehradun to Dublin, Sanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, there is Yoga all around). He said: "Yoga is lovely because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving". Speaking at the event, PM Modi briefed the benefits of yoga and said when forces defeat us and break us, there is division within society and family.

Claiming that the world has embraced yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which the International Day of Yoga is marked every year, Modi said, "In fact, Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being". After addressing the gathering, PM Modi performed different Yoga asanas along with other Yoga enthusiasts present at the venue. "Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates". "Yoga also helps in relief from stress due to the changing lifestyles", Naidu said.

The Prime Minister termed yoga as attractive, ancient and modern. Yoga is not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit.

The growing popularity of yoga across the globe has brought India closer to the world and this position is going to get strengthened in times to come, he said. Keeping the security in mind, almost 3,000 security personnel were deployed and around 60 CCTV cameras were installed at the venue. The participants at Dehradun event include Baba Ramdev's Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar-based Shanti Kunj, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living, participants from the "spiritual organisation" Brahma Kumaris, and yoga practitioners from Swami Chidanand Saraswati's Rishikesh-based Parmarth Niketan. The campus was under CCTV camera surveillance.

It's easy to dismiss the prospect of a joint meditation session between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US president Donald Trump, and Russian president Vladimir Putin as wishful thinking.

#08:30 AM: In pictures: International Yoga Day 2018: From China to America and Australia to Dubai, the world took to yoga mats to perform asanas on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2018.

Mr. Modi in 2015 lead the yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi and in 2016 at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh.

The Indian navy also released pictures of sailors doing yoga on board the world's oldest aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, decommissioned previous year.

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