Strike a pose for International Yoga Day

Strike a pose for International Yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today performed yoga with over 50,000 enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) campus here, and said the ancient Indian discipline has emerged as a "powerful unifying force" in a strife-torn world.

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

In Hunan province of south China, yoga practitioners perform asanas in picturesque village of Loutian in Daoxian county.

Troops guarding the world's highest battleground on the Siachen glacier, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, did yoga routines at an altitude of around 18,000 feet (5,486 m). "Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals", the 67-year-old said.

"Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world", the PM said. Nor is Yoga only what you practice in the morning.

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UNESCO added yoga to its list of intangible cultural heritage in 2016 in recognition of its influence on Indian society, "from health and medicine to education and the arts". The trainer here, asking people to adopt yoga in their daily life, asserted that all kinds of obstacles can be overcome with the help of a determined mind and thoughts.

Various ministers led the Yoga sessions in different cities across India to mark the day, officials said.

"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.

Echoing a similar theme, Sri Lanka Consul General Abdul Wahid Abdul Salam said, "I have learned yoga five years back in Bangalore in India by staying in an ashram".

However in its present-day use, yoga is often no more than a form of exercise, Michael says. Thereafter, A Mass yoga practice session was conducted under the supervision of a Yoga Guru from Arab Yoga Foundation that included an overview of the benefits of yoga, demonstration of the important Asanas and postures.

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