Along with the Prime Minister, around 50,000 yoga enthusiasts kick-started India's International Yoga Day celebrations at Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute. Instead of increasing sufferings, Yoga heals'.
Wearing a white T-shirt and a pair of white pants, the PM who arrived at the event around 7 am joined the yoga enthusiasts in performing around 20 asanas in tune with commentary delivered by Dr Ishwar Basavaraddi, Director of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga under the Ayush Ministry.
Thanking Prime Minister Modi for selecting Dehradun to host the main event, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the move would also give a boost to tourism in the state.
"Following Modi's suggestion, the United Nations listed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga and that was accepted unanimously by all countries. In a distracted world, yoga helps focus", Modi said in another video released on Twitter this week.
The emphasis on these postures and their sequences, such as the famous Sun Salutations, is a recent development, says India specialist Sita Reddy in "Yoga, The Art of Transformation" (2013). "Our chefs have always encouraged healthy eating as a way to aid our evolving lifestyle and this is one more occasion where through the Yoga session, we emphasize focus on maintaining individual wellness".
Underscoring the global impact of yoga, Modi said interest in the exercise form is growing rapidly in western countries.
"In yoga, we have the ideal solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society. instead of dividing, yoga unites".
Yoga connect people from different nations and different walks of life, it fosters a sense of harmony among fellow beings and with the rest of the universe.
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Studies have shown its benefits for dealing with anxiety, depression and sleep disorders, with yoga considered more effective than a simple physical activity but less than psychotherapy. Instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates. She said: "I started yoga when I experienced some asthma".
Mind-body interventions such as yoga and meditation have been proven to have a pronounced and radical impact on our physical and mental health.
"If we don't take pride in our own legacy and heritage no one else will". It was the Prime Minister who led the chanting of the first round of "Om".
At the end of the event, a lucky draw was held.
With the fourth International Yoga Day being observed across the world today, Indians took part in the celebrations with great fervour irrespective of terrain or altitude. Over 200 participants participated in the event. Silva said she attends the Yoga Day every year. People all across the city participated in it and made it a grand event. Enthusiastic yogis and yoga practitioners are all set to celebrate #YogaOnTableMountain.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the Day was celebrated at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium at Sonwar in Srinagar. Modi revealed that yhoha is a force in unifying the world.
He said in fact yoga had become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and well-being, which is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world.