Chidanand: International Yoga Day is a historic moment for India

Jerome Frank
June 24, 2017

Addressing yoga participants, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, "Yoga is not only good for our physical and mental health, but its helps to maintain energy, strength, and relieve stress".

Incessant rainfall failed to dampen the spirit of thousands who assembled at the sprawling Ramabai Ambedkar ground here to perform an array of asanas with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in observance of the third International Yoga Day on Wednesday morning. Yoga connects body, mind and soul. The first International Yoga Day was marked on June 21, 2015.

Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff and social activist Shantilal Mutha also attended the hour-long yoga session organised in Worli. He also explained the importance of Yoga using an analogy of salt. "No one in the globe today questions the benefits of yoga", he noted.

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

Hundreds of thousands of men, women and young people of nearly every age took to the mat across the globe on Wednesday for a yoga session to mark the 3rd International Yoga Day.

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture are now connecting to India through yoga", Modi said in an address to the crowd.

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On June 21, the mission will organise Conversation on Yoga for Health at the United Nations in association with Department of Public Information and World Health Organisation.

Talking about the importance of Yoga, Modi said that fitness is important but wellness is more important and wellness can be achieved only through yoga.

Across the country, lakhs of people - including Union ministers, bureaucrats and school children - joined in at exercise and meditation sessions to celebrate the third International Yoga Day.

More than 500 yoga enthusiasts participated in the event.

"I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years". Modi was accompanied, among others, by the governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik, and the chief minister of the territory, Yogi Adityanath.

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