September 23, 2018

Yoga a unifying force, says Modi

22 June 2018, 04:09 | Rodolfo Wallace

Yoga which originated in India has become immensely popular over the years around the world

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

#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.

Leading over 50,000 people in marking the fourth edition of International Yoga Day on Thursday, June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Yoga has affected millions of people across the world. The enthusiasm of getting from "illness to wellness" is spreading from the busy streets of the South Korean capital, Seoul, to the foot of Eiffel Tower in Paris. "India is Yoga's top ambassador", says PM Modi.

Members of the Modi administration followed the Prime Minister's lead and either attended or hosted yoga events around the country. More than 1000 Central Armed Police Force personnel participated in Yoga organized by CRPF at Raipur for CAPFs in conjunction with Naya Raipur Development Authority, tweeted CRPF's official handle. "Yoga also helps in relief from stress due to the changing lifestyles", Naidu said.

He asked people to embrace yoga not just for a healthy, but happy and peaceful life. A year ago he participated at an event at the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow.

About 7 million people die each year from breathing polluted air that can lead to heart disease, stroke and lung cancer, the World Health Organization said in a report last month, most of the deaths happening in Asia and Africa.

Theresa Ugalahia, one of the few certified psychiatrists in Nigeria, said people are beginning to appreciate the benefits of the practice in the country.

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Two years ago, the influential Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, which is a conglomerate of 15 major churches, had boycotted the celebration saying yoga is "dipped in Hinduism".

Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a special sand sculpture with the message "Yoga for Peace and Harmony" on a beach in the eastern city of Puri.

"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.

This philosopher-monk stressed yoga's rational and scientific qualities in a bid to make the discipline compatible with the West. To begin with, the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 celebrations, PM Modi along with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh - Yogi Aditya Nath, the Lucknow state witnessed an fantastic sight with as many as 50,000 participants.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for the future of the world.

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