International Yoga Day 2018

International Yoga Day 2018

Yog guru Ramdev led the record-breaking yoga session, attended by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her ministers, in the presence of two officials from the Guinness World Records.

The prime minister then performed asanas with the volunteers.

As many as 4, 500 inspectors were deputed to keep a close eye over the massive demonstration while drones in the air also tried to keep count of the numbers. Both ruling JD (U) and BJP tried to downplay Kumar's skipping an event which was inaugurated by Governor Malik and had top BJP leaders including Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad present.

Following a request from PM Modi, the United Nations General Assembly, in December 2014, had declared that June 21 would be observed as International Yoga Day every year.

Prasad and Deputy CM Modi insisted the presence or absence of a public figure at an event must not be politicised.

He said the proposal for the Yoga Day at the UN was accepted in record time with a majority of nations supporting it. From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country. "Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving", he said.

Tennis ace Mirza came under special praise from the minister after the former posted a picture of herself doing an "asana".

The emphasis on these postures and their sequences, such as the famous Sun Salutations, is a recent development, says India specialist Sita Reddy in "Yoga, The Art of Transformation" (2013). "@MinistryWCD and @ManekaGandhiBJP (sic)", the tennis star posted on Twitter, along with the photo. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn't belong to India alone.

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"We don't want any inconvenience for the participants". It also deepens the experience of doing yoga and establish social connections with people of the yoga community.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu joined Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in an event in Mumbai.

Modi portrays himself as a keen yoga practitioner, last week posting on Twitter his morning routine involving plodding around a tree and flexing over a boulder.

Meanwhile, the police personnel present at Indo-Tibetan Border also performed Yoga in the cold desert of Ladakh at an altitude of 18,000 feet.

"From Tokyo to Toronto, from Stockholm to Sao Paulo, Yoga has become a positive influence in the lives of millions", Modi told participants on the lush green lawns.

Yoga has the power to unite individuals, society, country and the world at large, and has emerged as a major unifying force globally, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while leading the International Yoga Day celebrations in Dheradun of Uttarakhand.

"Many of our valued patients are from the UAE and the GCC and this event is a ideal opportunity to introduce yoga to the local community in a way that is educational and fun at the same time", says Saba.

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