Chidanand: International Yoga Day is a historic moment for India

Trevor Jackson
June 24, 2017

Union Human Resource Develop-ment Minister Prakash Javadekar has stated that Yoga can keep man physically fit and mentally healthy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday night expressed gratitude to the people across the world who participated in the International Day of Yoga (IYD). Yoga became an integral part of every Indian home and connected the world with this country, said the head of government shortly before starting an exercise session along with another 50,000 people, despite the rain. "Yoga is a skill of looking good, beautiful, smart and intelligent", Rudy stated. "It positively changes the lifestyle of the people and increases the level of well-being", he added. Everybody should perform Yoga both for physical fitness and mental peace.

An Indian Sadhu or Hindu holy man performs Yoga to mark International Yoga Day at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The day was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014.

Police in New Delhi closed roads to make room for a mass yoga session held amid tight security in the heart of the Indian capital.

"On the occasion of Yoga Day, Prime Minister Modi addressed a gathering in Lucknow".

In the western city of Ahmedabad, 125,000 people led by celebrity yoga guru Baba Ramdev gathered at an open-air ground to try to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest session.

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The Great Wall event saw the Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, as well as 200 participants practicing yoga postures.

NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind also joined the mass demonstration of yoga in Delhi and performed the yoga routines for about 45 minutes.

After concluding his speech, Modi walked to an enclosure and performed yoga with almost 100 students.

The Permanent Mission of India organised a Yoga Session with Yoga Masters at the world body's headquarters on June 20 which was led by Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan shram, India and Swami Sivadasananda of Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Austria.

But there are many to whom yoga comes to mind when they hear about India.

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