In Rains Modi Leads Nation On Yoga Day

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, foreground center, performs yoga with thousands of Indians to mark worldwide yoga day in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The Indian Embassy in Beijing and consulates in other cities organised yoga events, well-attended by people from all walks of life. Rains played a bit of a spoilsport in Lucknow and Delhi, but failed to dampen spirits with people thronging parks and public places.

Naidu also expressed happiness at the fact that yoga has become popular globally and credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for it.

Enthusiasts across India rose at the crack of dawn, many braving monsoon showers, to mark the third International Yoga Day. "There should be no politics on yoga and everyone should join hands for its propagation", the Union minister of state for prime minister's office said. The participants then wound up the event, taking their yoga mats along with them.

He has set up a ministry dedicated to promoting yoga and other traditional practices and persuaded the United Nations to create a dedicated International Yoga Day, a move seen as a triumph of soft power.

Yoga includes stretching and bending of body besides doing breathing exercises aimed at transforming body and mind.

The programme began with the screening of video message of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Stressing that yoga was about "wellness" and a "health insurance", the PM, who was sporting the white Yoga Day T-shirt, urged people to make yoga a part of their daily lives.

"With the growing popularity of yoga in China, it can act as a bridge between India and China", said Deputy Chief of Mission at India Embassy Amit Narang.

More than 150 yoga enthusiasts from local Yoga schools, namely, Yoga Shahi, Art of living Azerbaijan and Sivananda Yoga centre, and the Indian Association in Azerbaijan took part at the event.

The Yoga day was also obsereved at INS Vikramaditya, the largest warship operated by India. Even the prisoners at the Jaipur central jail performed various yoga "asanas".

The Indian missions around the world will hold yoga sessions to propogate the benifts of yoga, which is believed to have started in India some 5,000 years back.

  • Zachary Reyes