3rd International Yoga Day: Modi, Yogi to perform in Lucknow

"The fact that 177 out of 190 countries of the United Nations agreed on observing June 21 as International Yoga Day (IYD) bears testimony to the importance attached internationally to yoga which is part of India' s rich heritage".

Consul General Riva Ganguly Das led the Yoga Day celebrations at the Consulate premises yesterday and participated in the yoga and Art of Living (AOL) sessions.

An estimated 3,000 Indian yoga teachers are teaching in China and majority belong to Haridwar and Rishikesh, which are said to be the yoga capital and home to various yoga schools.

Similarly the Netherlands and the U.S. also will be holding programmes on June 21. From supermodel Gisele Bundchen's freestyle yoga to Madonna's asthanga and hatha yoga, it is one form of exercise that works the best for both the Bollywood and Hollywood stars.

Around 670 school students from institutions in and around Panaji have been chosen by the directorate of education to perform yoga on June 21 at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.

With the International Yoga Day giving further impetus to the popularity, yoga is increasingly becoming "new currency for fitness".

The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later. "Yoga teachers can charge any rate for private classes depending upon their number of years of experience", adds the paper.

You can not always control what goes on outside.

You can not do yoga. BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said, "Our office-bearers, along with farmers, will be performing yoga on the streets of various cities in the state". What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.

Crediting the Modi government for popularising the practice across the globe, Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSSI) opined that the day should be celebrated on a Sunday instead of a working day.

  • Leroy Wright