PM on International Yoga Day

PM on International Yoga Day

Initiated with a proposition by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, June 21 was proclaimed International Yoga Day by the United Nations on December 11, 2014.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi led thousands of people in performing Yoga at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun on Thursday.

Members of the Modi administration followed the Prime Minister's lead and either attended or hosted yoga events around the country.

As a precursor to the main event, a Yoga Vistar was held in the Red Sea Beach in the backdrop of the iconic 300 mtr - high King Fahd Fountain, Jeddah. Modi's critics say the hype around yoga is nothing but a smokescreen to deflect attention from critical issues like the rise in tension in J&K and governance lapses.

"Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world and has become a biggest mass movement", Modi said in his address.

The popularity of Yoga is going to increase not only in India but also in China, he said.

"Yoga is not only what you practise in the morning".

Applications for the same are being invited from the Yoga professionals from every nook and corner of the world in order to provide them with the finest experience of Yoga from the state of Yoga's birthplace who will also be a part of the Yoga drill which will be conducted on IDY 2018. "On 21 June, join Yoga Day celebrations".

The joint yoga session, Colonel Joshi said, was organised between the soldiers of both nations on the longest day of the year, in the sub-zero temperatures, thereby displaying the undeterred courage and motivation of the soldiers.

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

Sharing his opinion upon yoga, South Korean Consul General Lee Sang-Kyoun said, "Yoga is practiced by many people in Korea which is good for health and mind". Revati also said that he often practices yoga postures and he does feel more relaxed and comfortable immediately.

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.

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