Saturday, 22 September, 2018

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India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day Yoga which originated in India has become immensely popular over the years around the world
Melissa Porter | 21 June, 2018, 23:56

This date has been selected by PM Modi as in the northern hemisphere and it also marks the day on which Lord Shiva began to impart Yoga for his followers and thus became their first Guru.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led close to 50,000 people in the city of Dehradun while many union ministers, celebrities and other participants attended similar events across the country. "Yoga has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and wellbeing", the prime minister said. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates.

Enthusiasts perform yoga at Delhi's Rajpath.

Yet, it is largely unorganised and fragmented unlike in the United States, where organised players like YogaWorks, CorePowerYoga, Bikram Yoga, have helped the industry get over $10 billion. Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving, he said. "Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals", he said. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar also took part in similar events at two places in Mumbai.

For the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018, the AYUSH Ministry is all set to organise a tour for the overseas Yoga professionals to the "Yoga's birthplace" that is the southern state of Kerala.

#07:30 AM: Andhra Pradesh: Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command and navy personnel perform yoga at Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action. a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a three-day visit to Surinamese will perform yoga asanas along with his counterpart Desire Delano Bouterse in Paramaribo.

Other, much smaller gatherings were scheduled around the world, including in Kilkenny in Ireland, Bahrain, Brisbane in Australia and in Milan.

Modi portrays himself as a keen yoga practitioner, last week posting on Twitter his morning routine involving plodding around a tree and flexing over a boulder.

From hosting yoga competitions to inviting professionals from the field, city schools are organising numerous workshops for their students on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Thursday.

Yoga has boomed in recent decades, with millions practising it regularly, although in the West it is often more of a gymnastic than a spiritual activity. The event made it to the Guinness World Records with 35,985 participants of 84 nationalities performing asanas at one venue.

"At least people are doing it".