International Yoga Day 2018

International Yoga Day 2018

An Indian yoga instructor performs during a mass session along with other practitioners to mark International Yoga Day in Lodi Gardens in New Delhi on Thursday. From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh, who is a yogi and has been practicing yoga for over 25 years, said, "Yoga is the best method for relaxation of human mind and also body". The reason is not because of anything else but because ordinary people in China like other parts of the world are beginning to realise that yoga is contributing to making their lives successful both at the personal and professional level. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn't belong to India alone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led an estimated 50,000 enthusiasts performing asanas during the 4th International Yoga day celebrations at the picturesque Forest Research Institute in Dehradun.

Two years ago, the influential Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, which is a conglomerate of 15 major churches, had boycotted the celebration saying yoga is "dipped in Hinduism". ITBP is a specially trained unit that guards India's eastern border, most of which is fall under Himalayan mountain range.

Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for future of the world.

At least 5,000 events big and small took place across India, but the largest was expected to be in Mysore in the south with more than 60,000 taking part, according to organisers.

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BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya when asked by newsmen if there is lack of enthusiasm in celebrating the Yoga day in West Bengal said it was a matter of regret that the Mamata Banerjee government was finding politics in everything.

The yoga session lasted around 30 minutes during which he performed different asanas, including pranayama and breathing exercises.

Nepalese Consul General Revati Podal said it was his third year in row to participate in yoga day here in Jeddah. Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving, he said.

"Today people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them", Modi said. This kind of thing will only aid to make yoga more popular and be accepted by all sections of society. The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year.

Troops guarding the world's highest battleground on the Siachen glacier, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, did yoga routines at an altitude of around 18,000 feet (5,486 m).

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