International Yoga Day 2018

Henrietta Brewer
June 23, 2018

Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors were set to sprout all over the world Thursday, as the fourth annual International Yoga Day got under way.

Interestingly, the celebrations of International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 which were being conducted in Lucknow were interrupted by heavy rainfall, but the spirit of the people to perform Yoga could not be washed away as a large number of people joined in the celebrations all over the country.

And they can also be found stretching on their yoga mats all over the world. Modi's critics say the hype around yoga is nothing but a smokescreen to deflect attention from critical issues like the rise in tension in J&K and governance lapses.

"Yoga has become one of the most powerful unifying forces in the world".

The popularity of Yoga is going to increase not only in India but also in China, he said. And if you haven't tried your bit of yoga yet, don't wait, give it a shot and thank us later.

"As the Sun is for all, the Moon is for all, rivers are for all, in the same way yoga is for all", he said. "Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature". Over 500 yoga lovers turned up to take part in over hour-long special yoga workout at the old Indian Embassy premises.

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.

Echoing a similar theme, Sri Lanka Consul General Abdul Wahid Abdul Salam said, "I have learned yoga five years back in Bangalore in India by staying in an ashram". "Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of Yoga as well", a statement quoting Modi said.

On June 21, he will lead a massive mass yoga event in Dehradun.

He said yoga offers a solution to ailments and practising it helps combat stress and find peace.

Modi inaugurated the "YO1 Nature Cure Center" in the Catskills area of NY through a video link on the occasion of 4th International Day of Yoga.

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