Here's how people around the world celebrated International Yoga Day

"Thank you Rashtrapati Ji for joining the YogaDay2017 programme and inspiring the nation", tweeted Modi, who participated in a Yoga Day event in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow.

Huge LED screens were set up at the venue for people to easily follow the sanaas being demonstrated on the stage.

Lucknow witnessed heavy rains in the wee hours of the day, which halted the practice sessions, but only for a while.

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

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. "Moreover, the excitement to see the PM come here is boosting our spirit", said a young cadet of the 63 UP battalion, National Cadet Council.

Among the participants were Collector Vishnu Chandra Mallik, SP Rajendra Goyal, public representatives, school students, NCC cadets and various others.

Ahead of Modi, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked all volunteers for waiting despite rainfall. Since then millions of people across the world celebrate the International Day of Yoga on 21 June with much fanfare.

In United Arab Emirates, UAE, more than 15,000 people participated in the Yoga Day celebrations.

International Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. "Now, it has become part of every person's life", he said in his address. Countries that are unaware of Indian culture and languages are adopting it.

With Yoga sessions scheduled at various popular locations, Reebok engaged hundreds of fitness enthusiasts across the country. The benefits are tremendous.

Yoga practitioners took a relaxing break to bend, twist and pose on Wednesday for the annual worldwide event celebrating the practice, especially in the country where it began.

Dr Debashis Bakshi, the Secretary IRIIM, said that great enthusiasm was observed among common people as more than 600 people assembled at the campus to practice yoga which was performed in three consecutive sessions in the morning.

  • Zachary Reyes