June 21 is being observed as International Yoga Day every year, after the United Nations accepted India’s proposal in 2014.
This year, the national event was held at Dehradun’s Forest Research Institute with the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr. Modi highlighted the importance of yoga, a gift from India to the world. ‘’Yoga has the perfect solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in society. Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern,” he said.
Events were organised across the country, including Rajpath, where as many as 15,000 people took part in a mass yoga session headed by Union Minister Harsh Vardhan. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said everyone should practise yoga for a complete and healthy life free from stress.“Yoga is a great tool to keep the mind under control. Five minutes of yoga will relieve one of any kind of stress,” he said at a function in Amravati to mark International Yoga Day.The Chief Minister, who is a regular practitioner of yoga, performed various ‘asanas’ along with some college students on the occasion. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu stressed need to include yoga in school curriculum to “create a healthy nation“.
Participating in an International Yoga Day event at the Bandra Reclamation Sealink Promenade, he said the ancient Indian discipline was an invaluable gift to the world from India.
“The practice of yoga is important for positive thoughts. If it is included in the school curriculum it is possible to create a healthy nation. Yoga also helps in relief from stress due to the changing lifestyles,” Mr. Naidu said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also performed ‘’asanas’’ at the event, said yoga, an ancient science, was important in the modern day world. In an impressive display of yoga, Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel performed asanas in the sky at a height of about 15,000 feet.
The daredevils performed asanas like Vayu Namaskar and Vayu Padmasana. Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi joined several others in a mass yoga programme in Patna. Yoga is the best way to deal with stress, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said and expressed happiness that over 75 lakh people across the state joined him in the International Yoga Day celebrations.
Around 750 differently-abled people also joined Rupani in doing exercises based on the ancient Indian discipline here, while women and students performed ‘aqua yoga’ in some other parts of the state.
Rupani attended a yoga day event at the Sardar Patel stadium here this morning and performed various ‘asanas’ (exercises) along with thousands of other enthusiasts. Deve Gowda, 86-year-old former Prime Minister, is known to practise yoga daily.