Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a gathering of over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan on Wednesday on the third edition of International Yoga Day. UP governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath and cabinet ministers were also be present at the event.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India. “I am glad to see several yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing,” he said at the event.
“Yoga, like the way it unites the body, mind and soul has played a big role in binding the world by cutting across linguistic and cultural barriers,” Modi said on the third International Yoga Day.
Mr. Modi also asserted that attaining “wellness” through yoga was more important than simply being physically fit.
“Just as the importance of salt is not only to lend taste to food, but also ensure well-being of the body, similarly Yoga can have the same importance as salt has in life,” he said.
Donning a white t-shirt and loose trousers, Modi also performed asanas along with over 51,000 yoga enthusiasts braving early morning drizzles.
Three years ago, the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day. Prime Miinister Narendra Modi an avid yoga practitioner had appealed to the United Nations for such a declaration.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath joined the prime minister in performing yoga at the sprawling venue. In his address, Adityanath thanked Modi for enhancing Yoga’s reputation globally.
BJP President Amit Shah and Yoga guru Ramdev shared the dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani participated at a Yoga camp in Ahmedabad.
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who took part in the celebrations in New Delhi along with Vijay Goel, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, tweeted this morning asking people to embrace yoga. “Happy International #YogaDay2017 to one and all! Make yoga a part of your daily life to experience the tranquillity of mind, body & spirit!” he wrote.
Navy officers and personnel onboard INS Jalashwa and INS Kirch in the Bay of Bengal performed Yoga this morning. Yoga festivities were conducted on INS Vikramaditya and even on the deck of aircraft carrier INS Viraat in Mumbai’s Naval Dock Yard. Chief of Navy Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba took part in the celebrations in New Delhi with families of Navy personnel.
The international day for yoga is celebrated annually since its inception in 2015. An International day for Yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014.
Over 1,200 yoga enthusiasts in South Africa’s Soweto township today got their first taste of yoga when they performed various ‘asanas’ at an event on the eve of International Day of Yoga. The Consulate General of India in Johannesburg along with the volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation and yoga school trainers organised the event at a park in the township. The event was part of a week-long programme at different venues across South Africa coordinated by the Indian missions in all major cities.
As the world is celebrating the third edition of the International Yoga Day, from common man to politicians to celebrities and even business professionals are now shifting gears to India’s ancient exercise form to gain momentum. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is trying hard to find his inner zen post-retirement, sources said.
Speaking at the company’s Brainstorm Tech dinner in San Francisco he said that while he loved every minute of what Ballmer was doing since long, but loved it more every minute after quitting. “I get a lot of time to work out, meditate, take it easy”, he was quoted as having said.
Ballmer said , “While I loved every minute of what I was doing, I’ve actually loved every minute pretty much since I quit.” he added and continued: “You get to stretch every day, you do yoga ,it’s fantastic.
A large number of people including those from the Indian community participated in special yoga sessions organised by the Indian Consulate here to commemorate the third International Yoga Day.
Consul General Riva Ganguly Das led the Yoga Day celebrations at the Consulate premises on Monday and participated in the yoga and Art of Living (AOL) sessions.
Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday graced the third International Yoga Day celebration held in Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. More than 5000 yoga enthusiast took part in the event organised by the state government of Karnataka.
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Prime Minister Modi while addressing the gathering on this day in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow said that Yoga has become an integral part of every Indian household. Conveying his greetings to all those who joined the Yoga Day 2017 celebrations across India and the world, Prime Minister Modi said Yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India
“I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. Apart from fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness,” Prime Minister Modi said. The international day for yoga is celebrated annually since its inception in 2015.