International Yoga Day 2018

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

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

On December 11, 2014, India's representative to the United Nations, Asoke Mukherji, introduced a resolution to declare June 21, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and a day of special significance in many cultures throughout the world, as International Yoga Day.

Dehradun: On the 4th International Yoga day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yoga has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being as he led an estimated 50,000 enthusiasts to perform asanas at an institute in Dehradun. 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. "We refuse the imposition to practise yoga and we will keep opposing its celebration in the state", said Vanlalruata, president of anti-corruption organisation-turned-political party, People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram. Instead of furthering animosity, yoga assimilates.

The Indian navy also released pictures of sailors doing yoga on board the world's oldest aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, decommissioned past year. In India, the yoga day was celebrated with much fervour and excitement. "We have been getting a very positive response from all communities and I am aware of several eminent Emirati friends who regularly practice yoga", he said.

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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.

Last year, the main function was held in Lucknow.

"Considering how life is so fast-paced in Abu Dhabi, just like any other big city in the world, it is no wonder Yoga is being adopted by people of various backgrounds".

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"After only 4-6 months of doing yoga once a week, I was pleased to discover that numerous physical symptoms and pain had greatly subsided or disappeared", says Rola. Adding to it, yoga creates a harmony between your mind, body, and soul. "All of these benefits inspired me to become a yoga instructor with the hope to share these benefits with more people", says Rola.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in an International Yoga Day event in Dehrandun in which more than 60,000 people are expected to perform yoga.

A series of yoga related events are also being organised across the world to mark the occasion.

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