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PM on International Yoga Day

22 June 2018
PM on International Yoga Day

India celebrated the International Day of Yoga on Thursday, officials said.

The prime minister also took to social media to share the intricacies of various yoga asanas. Last year, after inaugurating the programme at the Assam Rifles ground, the then Governor Lt Gen (retired) Nirbhay Sharma said: "Some believe that yoga is a religious activity impinging on other faiths".

"Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, Yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world", said the PM.

India's Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, told Al Arabiya English that the efforts to promote yoga are definitely a long-term endeavor.

Calling yoga a "unifying force and passport for wellness", Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with 50,000 volunteers kick-started India's fourth International Yoga Day celebrations in Dehradun on Thursday.

An instructor for 11 years now, Gingari teaches yoga in clubs and open areas in Abu Dhabi.

Nitish Kumar, who himself is a regular yoga practitioner and is said to have learnt the ancient practice from noted exponents at the renowned Bihar School of Yoga at Munger, has been critical of the mass yoga drill organized on June 21 every year since 2015.

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).

This year, incumbent Governor, Kummanam Rajasekharan, did not take part in the celebration as he was away in Delhi, Raj Bhavan sources said.

"We have developed a program that is a combination of simple yoga asanas and mudras with emphasis on breathing, supported by Arabic rhythmic movements - something for all age groups and fitness levels to experience and enjoy".

"When disintegrating forces gain prominence it is yoga that unites, creates amity in societies, which forms the basis of national unity and unity among nations, and finally leads to universal peace and brotherhood". This kind of thing will only aid to make yoga more popular and be accepted by all sections of society.

Today, people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them, Mr. Modi said. Also, this tour will be beginning from June 21, 2018, in order to mark the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018.

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).

The word "yoga" has its origins in the ancient Sanskrit language and means "to attach, join, harness, yoke".

In Kerala, Vijayan said Yoga can be practised by all, irrespective of caste and religion, adding it should be done with a "free and secular" mind.