Ministers, govt officials take part in yoga day celebrations

On the occasion of International Day of Yoga - 2017, the Prime Minister today participated in a mass Yoga demonstration event in Lucknow. Yoga institutes are on the rise.

Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma had reached his yoga destination, Coimbatore, a day in advance and tweeted his pictures from Isha Centre where he performed yoga today with Sadhguru, a yoga exponent.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight expressed gratitude to the people across the world who participated in the International Day of Yoga (IYD). "Yoga was in existence even before the hymns came into existence", he said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who fractured his leg recently, praised the ITBP jawans for performing yoga at 18,000 ft in Ladakh, while Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi who had a gall bladder operation weeks ago, performed yoga in Delhi along with ministry officials.

BJP chief Amit Shah joined yoga guru Ramdev at 6:45 am at Ahmedabads GMDC grounds on the occasion along with a gathering of almost 3 lakh yoga enthusiasts.

About 1,000 Indians and Chinese yoga lovers performed various postures and did breathing exercises (Pranayam) in a 40-minute session led by Indian Embassy's yoga teacher Umesh Babu.

From the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru and the Great Wall in China to Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow and colonnaded Connaught Place in Delhi, the sound of "Om" reverberated through India and the world in celebration of the traditional fitness regime that combines spirituality and physicality.

Celebrity yoga guru Baba Ramdev claimed to have set a new world record for the largest yoga session by gathering more than 300,000 practitioners at an open-air ground in the western city of Ahmedabad.

Shanghai, China's business capital, also saw a huge turnout for the event organised by the Indian Consulate at the Dongping National Forest Park in Chongming Islands.

The Indian embassy in Beijing was assisted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and Yogi Yoga, a popular yoga school.

  • Leroy Wright