Strike a pose for International Yoga Day

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

Members of the Modi administration followed the Prime Minister's lead and either attended or hosted yoga events around the country. While many powers in the world divide us, yoga unites us.

But this doesn't bother the spiritual head of the biggest ashram or retreat in Rishikesh, the Indian city on the banks of the holy Ganges river considered the world yoga capital. He said: "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving".

For the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018, the AYUSH Ministry is all set to organise a tour for the overseas Yoga professionals to the "Yoga's birthplace" that is the southern state of Kerala. Instead of furthering animosity, yoga assimilates.

The day, which was adopted by the United Nations in 2014, was also celebrated at the Red Fort lawns as around 50,000 women and men, all clad in white, converged at the venue and participated in the mass yoga event organised by the Brahma Kumaris.

However in its present-day use, yoga is often no more than a form of exercise, Michael says.

Stressing on India's role in promoting the practice, he added, "The gems of India's unique heritage such as yoga will be respected by the world at large only when we ourselves respect our culture and traditions, and take part in our legacy and heritage".

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

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The theme for International Yoga Day 2018 is Yoga for Peace.

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.

The Rajpath looked grand as old and young, dressed in colourful attire, rolled out their mats and performed various asanas.

Elaborate security arrangements were made and almost 3,000 security personnel deployed in and around the venue.

Medical experts on Thursday spoke of the many benefits of yoga, as practitioners in Nigeria on Thursday joined others across the world to celebrate the International Day of Yoga.

"We have developed a program that is a combination of simple yoga asanas and mudras with emphasis on breathing, supported by Arabic rhythmic movements - something for all age groups and fitness levels to experience and enjoy". After every 30 minutes of practicing yoga, five minutes of rest must be allowed for the body. "Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of Yoga as well", a statement quoting Modi had said.

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