New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday joined thousands practicing yoga at the Rajpath and said the International Yoga Day on June 21 is the start of a new era for training the human mind for peace and harmony.
Speaking at a function marking the start of International Yoga Day at the Rajpath, Modi said yoga is not only an exercise to make the body flexible but a path for inner development.
“It marks a new era of training of human mind for peace and harmony,” said Modi who wore a white T-shirt and was seen doing yoga as well.
About 37,000 people took part in the yoga programme at Rajpath.
began his speech by asking: “Did anybody ever think that Rajpath can become Yogpath?”
“United Nations is celebrating International Yoga divas today. I think it is not any other day, but an effort to achieve peace and harmony.
“I bow to the gurus who have kept this tradition alive since centuries,” he said.
He said: “Yoga is not a physical activity, if that would have been the case, then people working in circus would have been yogis.”
While the main function is being held at Rajpath, the International Yoga Day events are being held across cities, towns and districts in the country.
Yoga day events are also being held in 192 countries, including in the Arab world.
India will seek to break a few records on the day, besides of the largest yoga gathering at a single spot with 37,000 people performing different yogic asanas or positions.
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.
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)
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)
Lucknow, May 18, 2017: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday met a 72-member student delegation of the City Montessori School here, which will be representing India in New York on the third International Yoga Day festivities on June 21.
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Extending his good wishes to the students, Yogi Adityanath said Yoga was an ancient tradition of India, and that the identity of India across the world is that of a spiritual nation.
The Chief Minister also credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving an international identity to Yoga. (IANS)