Yoga Day 2018 celebrated all over the world

Frederick Owens
June 22, 2018

Bhubaneswar: People from across Odisha rolled out their yoga mats, twisted and turned as they basked in the goodness of International Yoga Day celebrations.Even before daybreak, people from all walks of life irrespective of age were seen thronging to yoga camps and practice asanas to join the swelling number of enthusiasts worldwide.

Since coming to power in 2014, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken yoga as an emblem of India's flourishing in the world, pushing for the United Nations resolution that has since 2015 consecrated June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Addressing the gathering at the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world". 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.

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Extending his greetings on the occasion, the president said, "On International Yoga Day greetings to all those practising yoga across the globe".

The Indian navy also released pictures of sailors doing yoga on board the world's oldest aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, decommissioned a year ago.

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#07:10 AM: Yoga India's top ambassador: "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving".

"Yoga is India's strongest message to the world".

He asked people to embrace yoga not just for a healthy, but happy and peaceful life. "I invite you to explore and celebrate yoga wherever you are". "Yoga should be a general recommendation as part of the rehabilitation therapy for drug addicts who seek a high by consuming risky substances, a high that yoga can give them by enhancing euphoric hormones", she said. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action. a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being.

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Rajasthan today witnessed a world record by conducing the largest yoga session to mark the International Yoga Day at Kota where over one lakh people together performed yogic exercises.

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