International Yoga Day lures more enthusiasts this year

NY [U.S.A], June 21 (ANI): President and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram Chidanand Sarawasti during the World Yoga Day celebration at the United Nations said that the day is a historic moment for Yoga and India.

The first worldwide yoga day was celebrated at Rajpath, New Delhi in 2015 and 35,895 yogis came together in Delhi to make a new Guinness book world record although this time 62,000 people were gathered at different events in Delhi.

Addressing the huge gathering, PM Narendra Modi said, "Yoga has connected India with the world as it is immensely popular outside the country".

"Yoga has connected the world with India", Modi, looking relaxed in white track trousers and blue-collared T-shirt, told a cheering crowd.

A video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on the significance of yoga for mankind was screened at the opening of the event.

The Prime Minister underlined that yoga in life was as important as salt in food.

Along with Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and several other dignitaries performed various yogic asanas.

Three years back, the Indian prime minister had persuaded the United Nations to mark June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

As part of International Yoga Day 2017, personnel of Indian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (NE) participated in mass yoga in another programme at the Coast Guard Regional Hq in Kolkata.

Charge d'Affaires of the Indian Embassy Amit Narang and CPAFFC Vice-President Lin Yi hailed the event for taking forward India-China friendly cultural exchanges and yoga for bringing wellness to humanity.

When asked why he did not perform any asanas himself, he said that as he had just undergone surgery the doctor had forbidden him from doing yoga.

"There is a need for standarisation of yoga", he said but maintained that even as everyone cannot master the art, people can still practice yoga. It highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body.

An estimated 50,000 participants will take part in about 80-minute yoga session in the UP capital.

He also encouraged the Indian High Commissioner, Mr Birender Yadav, to consider having the next events in other regions of the country to also whip up the interest of people in those parts of the country.

  • Leroy Wright