Here's How Indian Celebrities Celebrated International Yoga Day '17

Around 3 lakh people performed yoga at GMDC ground in Ahmedabad on June 21, International Yoga Day, and created a Guinness World Record for being the largest yoga session in the world. The central ceremony was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a renowned yoga practitioner, in the northern city of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. "But now yoga is becoming a part of people's daily life not just in India but across the world", the Prime Minister said in his address to thousands.

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. He added that most of the youths are captivated with yoga, the demand for yoga teachers has grown in the past two-three years and it is a booming and healthy business opportunity. "It is not even expensive to practice", Modi said.

But some people feel that Narendra Modi's administration - perceived to be a nationalist one - is pushing yoga to forward its Hindu agenda.

Over 1,200 yoga enthusiasts in South Africa's Soweto township on Wednesday got their first taste of yoga when they performed various "asanas" at an event on the eve of International Day of Yoga.

Here's How Indian Celebrities Celebrated International Yoga Day '17

After addressing the participants, Modi came down from the dais and performed yoga with children. Yoga gurus from India introduced the practice to the West in the late 19th and early 20th century and it is now a multi-billion dollar industry across the world.

The exact number of participants at the event will be declared after tabulation of the data.

. The United Nations adopted in December a resolution submitted by the New Delhi government to declare June 21 as International Yoga Day.

The Indian High Commission also organised a yoga camp in Islamabad on Sunday in which India's envoy Gautam Bambawale and other diplomats participated.

Navy officers also participated in Yoga celebrations were also held on warships, INS Vikramaditya and INS Viraat.

He said that yoga is an integral part of the Indian tradition and it unites the country.

  • Carolyn Briggs