International Yoga Day celebrated in China

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been successful in giving an worldwide recognition to yoga, that has the quality to help people get over the biggest of problems".

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that Yoga belongs not merely to India but to the whole world and added that it is a science to attain inner-peace.

"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.

Apart from the Prime Minister Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, and NDA's Presidential candidate also participated in the celebrations. Yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and is gaining popularity.

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

In the run up to International Yoga Day, which is observed today and its third year, events across the country have been taking place with local governments in small towns staging yoga events in innovative fashion.

Recalling how the United Nations gave its nod for International Day of Yoga, Modi said there might not be a single country where yoga-related programmes are not held.

Earlier today, Baba Ramdev lauded the efforts of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) efforts to make the World Yoga day a hit. Some 20 young Indian yoga ambassadors from the Morarji Desai Institute in India were on a special visit to the communist nation for the occasion.

LCD screens were also installed at various places at the venue so that participants could follow the instruction of the yoga trainers properly.

On Tuesday, yoga enthusiasts performed "asanas" at iconic landmarks including China's Great Wall and Britain's London Eye. While in much of the Western world yoga is popular as a system of physical exercise, in India, it is much more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core.

  • Joanne Flowers