Modi does 'asanas' amid showers, says yoga connecting world

James Marshall
June 25, 2017

A keen follower of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the International Day of Yoga in Lucknow, UP and was not deterred even by rainfall.

"Yoga, which connects body, mind and soul, has played a big role in connecting the world too", Modi said in a heavily-fortified Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, later adding that yoga was necessary as salt is to life. Today celebrating International Yoga day, people gathered in Gandhi round and practiced yoga for 1 hour. "Yoga's popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India", he said.

A video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on the significance of yoga for mankind was screened at the opening of the event.

Today, the 3rd International Day of Yoga is being observed across the nation with mass demonstration events of yoga. He spoke of the many health benefits that Yoga has for the human body and of it being a medium to attain wellness. It is estimated that over 200 million Indians participated in the event last year, a figure that the government hopes to beat this year. "If you want to change your outlook towards life, without any expense, Yoga is the only way - whether it is RERA, GST etc", said Jaxay Shah, president-national, CREDAI.

On International Yoga Day, Modi performed yoga with 100 students for about 20 minutes in Lucknow.

The event was a cultural milestone, marking the first time yoga has been performed atop the Great Wall by a joint Indian and Chinese group of yogis, the embassy said in a statement. Many different countries and cultures are now connecting to India through yoga.

Modi said the increasing popularity of yoga spurred Unesco to add yoga to its list of intangible cultural heritage, along with Cuba's rumba and Peru's scissor dance, in December previous year.

Television footage showed Indian soldiers performing yoga in their military overalls in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, at a height of 18,000 feet (5,500 metres).

The ITBP personnel also celebrated yoga at various locations across India, including Himachal Pradesh's Kullu, Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon District, Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district.

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