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June 21 - International Yoga Day | Here’s How PM Modi Begins Celebrations

June 21 - International Yoga Day | Here’s How PM Modi Begins Celebrations

Since the break of dawn on Thursday, March 21, men and women belonging to various nationalities, ethnicities and age groups have been converging on open spaces to celebrate the fourth International Yoga Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led the celebrations of International Yoga Day 2018 at Forest Reserve Institute (FRI) in Uttarakhand's Dehradun and said that yoga does not divide, instead unite.

Modi called upon people to make Yoga a movement and part of their lives. 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.

JD (U) spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said the party leaders including Nitish Kumar begin their day with yoga.

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".

And they can also be found stretching on their yoga mats all over the world.

The resolution achieved much support and was quickly passed, with June 21, 2015 slated as the inaugural International Yoga Day. The message of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on the occasion of International Day of Yoga was also screened.

Modi stated: 'Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition.

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Organised by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, the theme for this year's celebration of the Day is "Yoga for Peace".

"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. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action. a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being.

International Yoga Day will soon be held throughout the world.

"Today people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them", Modi said.

In Mumbai, Vice President M Venkiah Naidu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavais attended a yoga event hosted by the BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar, and Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal also tweeted pictures from a yoga session he attended in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Yoga as a spiritual practice was popularised at this time with the more athletic and dynamic methods developed in the 1980s and 1990s, says Mark Singleton from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

The emphasis on these postures and their sequences, such as the famous Sun Salutations, is a recent development, says India specialist Sita Reddy in "Yoga, The Art of Transformation" (2013).


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