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Only 35 out of 84 lakh ‘asanas’ for big yoga day


New Delhi: The first International Yoga Day, to be observed on Sunday, would see people performing just 35 ‘asanas’ out of over 84 lakh specified in the ancient Indian physical, mental, and spiritual discipline.

“What is being performed on the first International Yoga Day are the most popular, easy-to-do loosening exercises,” Isha, a Yoga instructor who learnt the art at Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) here, told IANS, adding that there were over 84 lakh of these exercises.

“Only the basic exercises would be done on the International Yoga Day. These would certainly help people understand the importance of yoga in life.”

She has been busy guiding and training people for the big yoga day.yoga-167062_640

Yoga, as many would not know, is inspired by nature and animals, she said explaining how a dog pose gives it an idea of stretching.

“It’s inspired by nature and animals. People would understand nature but animals giving inspiration to Yoga could be a bit amazing for people to understand,” she said.

Isha, along with other thousands of other instructors, expressed satisfaction that finally the world has recognised the art which keeps you healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.

“It’s nice that the United Nations has declared a special day for Yoga. It would surely help this Indian art gain more ground across the world,” Rahul Sharma, another Yoga instructor, told IANS.

Yoga, which helps you gain patience and calmness, is being practiced internationally much before it was recognised by the UN, Sharma said, adding that it getting a special day assigned by the UN “actually calls for celebrations in India”.

Sharma said the UN marking a day for Yoga would make it art popular. On Friday, during a full dress rehearsal for the first International Yoga Day, thousands of people performed various ‘asanas’ at Rajpath.

Government officials and defence force personnel would also be part of a large contingent that would perform the ancient regimen of exercises and breathing techniques on Sunday.

The UN declaring International Yoga Day has also started showing its effect as the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) said the demand for yoga instructors is likely to increase by 35 percent.

“The increased focus on yoga by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, coupled with growing awareness about the traditional Indian ways of dealing with stress in the corporate sector, has improved job opportunities in Yoga training with commensurate demand for trainers set to grow by 30-35 per cent in the couple of years”, according to an ASSOCHAM paper.

“It will also give way to yoga tourism in India. Today, Yoga has millions of practitioners worldwide. It promises to become multi-billion dollar market in the form of health clinics, ayurveda resorts, holiday camps, corporate training etc., said ASSOCHAM secretary general D.S. Rawat.

“All participants have been advised to be at the venue by 4 a.m. and are required to settle down by 5.30 a.m.,” said an official, adding that on Sunday, the programme will start sharp at 7 and would go on till 7.30 a.m. (IANS)

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Toronto sets Record by holding Biggest-ever Yoga Event in North America

The day-long mega event was organized by the non-profit International Day of Yoga Canada (IYDC) in collaboration with the Indian consulate here

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The third International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21. VOA
  • Terming the yoga celebrations an “exciting and important event”, Duncan greeted the huge gathering in Punjabi
  • Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani led the evening meditation session
  • People look for solutions outside, but everything is inside us

Toronto June 26, 2017: Toronto set a record of holding the biggest-ever yoga event in North America as yoga guru Baba Ramdev-led thousands of people through yoga asanas at the International Centre here on Sunday.

The day-long mega event was organized by the non-profit International Day of Yoga Canada (IYDC) in collaboration with the Indian consulate here.

Top leaders, including Canada’s Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, Ontario state’s Indo-Canadian Minister Dipika Damerla, Ontario Opposition Leader Patrick Brown, mayors, and members of Parliament joined the event as Baba Ramdev put them through over two hours of yogic asanas in the morning session.

Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani led the evening meditation session.

It was all fun and laughter as Ramdev guided people, including the VIPs, through tough yogic exercises, highlighting the benefits of each asana.

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Administering an oath to the crowd to do yoga everyday, he said: “People look for solutions outside, but everything is inside us. My mission is to take yoga to every corner of the world.”

“Even if one percent people of the world practise yoga, it will usher in prosperity and world peace and there won’t be any wars. Yoga has nothing to do with any religion.”


Referring to his Patanjali Ayurved business empire as a charity and non-profit organisation “for the benefit of mankind”, Ramdev said his mission is to build the world’s biggest university which teaches modern education and India’s ancient wisdom and knowledge.

Amid applause, the yoga guru said he had never attended any bigger yoga event than this one anywhere outside India.

Terming the yoga celebrations an “exciting and important event”, Duncan greeted the huge gathering in Punjabi, saying: “Namaskar, Sat Sri Akal, Assalam Aleikum. Mera naam Kirsty Duncan hai. Mainu bahut khushi hai….”

Indian Consul General Dinesh Bhatia, who put together the event in collaboration with community organisations, said yoga is India’s gift to the world and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for getting it recognised as International Day of Yoga. He introduced Ramdev to Canadians as “the brand ambassador of yoga and Ayurveda” and a crusader against corruption and black money.

Welcoming people to the yoga celebrations in Canada, IYDC Chairman Satish Thakkar highlighted the economic benefits of yoga in terms of medical costs for modern society. He said the mission of IYDC is to take yoga to the mainstream in Canada by organising even bigger yoga events in the future. (IANS)

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June 21 Marks Third International Yoga Day: UAE Celebrates too!

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The third International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21. VOA

June 21, 2017: Thousands of people of different nationalities took part in various events organized in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the eve of the International Yoga Day.

The third International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21 but the events in the UAE were held a day earlier.

There were multiple venues across the UAE for the day. As the sun set down, participants trooped to the main venues in Dubai such as Burj Park, Zabeel Park and Burhani Complex in Al Nahda, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi.

Warm-up sessions such as stretching, breathing exercises and exercise meditation were held prior to the main yoga session, which spilled over until midnight, the daily said.

The events in Dubai were organised by the Indian Consulate General with support from several schools and yoga associations such as The Art of Living.

Indian Consul General Vipul joined the Burj Park event where UAE Minister of Happiness Ohood Al Roumi and Dubai Sports Council Secretary General Saeed Hareb were also present.

The daily quoted Anand Mungre, a management executive who had come with his wife and child to participate, as saying: “I have been practising yoga for seven years and I can say that it has become a big stress-reliever for me. I also feel strong and healthy.”

Yoga has also contributed to international solidarity, said Rashi Datt of The Art of Living. “We see here people coming from various nationalities and they move in sync,” Datt said.

The UN declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the day to be declared as a global celebration of yoga. (IANS)

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Every Country in the World to participate in the International Yoga Day event 2017: Minister

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  • Shripad Naik has ruled out the possibility of a state holiday to celebrate International Yoga Day
  • The situation is that 100 per cent countries in the world this year will do Yoga
  • The program was held in 199 countries last year

Panaji, June 5, 2017: Every country in the world will participate in the International Yoga Day event, scheduled to be held on June 21, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Naik said there is no compulsion on schools and other institutions to hold Yoga Day events and that no holiday has been declared as the event is an early morning activity.

“The situation is that 100 per cent countries in the world this year will do Yoga,” Naik told reporters.

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“The programme was held in 199 countries last year. This year, more countries will be added to the list and programmes will be held through our embassies and missions,” the North Goa Lok Sabha member said.

The Minister also said the main International Yoga Day event would be held in Lucknow and attended by over 51,000 yoga enthusiasts, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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“Over 51,000 people will be participating. As there is paucity of space, screens will be put up in eight to nine parks nearby and simultaneously Yoga will be conducted,” Naik said.

“We have requested to the state governments to organise a big programme. NGOs, schools and colleges also have been asked to hold their own events,” he said, adding that central ministers would be attending the major Yoga-related programmes in every state.

“There is no compulsion (to hold Yoga Day in schools). We are encouraging yoga for the betterment of one and all,” he said in response to a question.

Naik ruled out the possibility of a state holiday to celebrate International Yoga Day.

“We have not declared a holiday as yoga is a morning activity. From 6 a.m. to 7.30 a.m., after the activity is finished, they can go to work. You can opt to take leave on your own account. No special holiday has been announced,” Naik said. (IANS)

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