The World Is Celebrating International Yoga Day & The Pictures Are Stunning

Henrietta Brewer
June 21, 2018

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". While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Yoga with over 50,000 enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute campus in Dehradun, Indian diaspora took to the Peruvian mountains to spread the message. While sharing the benefits of Yoga, Modi said that Yoga has become a movement across the world and shown a path from illness to wellness. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates.

In Hunan province of south China, yoga practitioners perform asanas in picturesque village of Loutian in Daoxian county. Church organisations in the state view yoga as "not compatible with Mizos and Christian belief".

The word "yoga" has its origins in the ancient Sanskrit language and means "to attach, join, harness, yoke".

What was seen as breathing exercise for the old just years ago have now come to occupy the imagination of millions around the world.

#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.

"In a world where non-communicable diseases, stress and lifestyle-related ailments are rising, yoga can play a central role in mitigating these diseases to create a healthy mind and body".

Other events were scheduled around the world later, including in Kilkenny in Ireland, Bahrain, Brisbane in Australia and in Milan.

Modi is keen on portraying his physical prowess, last week posting on Twitter his morning yoga routine involving plodding around a tree and flexing over a boulder.

The 67-year-old leader, who lobbied for worldwide recognition of Yoga Day in 2014, landed in Dehradun, Uttarakhand late Wednesday, but was up early to take his position on a bright orange yoga mat.

He has also spearheaded an initiative to reclaim the discipline as an historic part of Indian culture since his Hindu nationalist government came to power in 2014.

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.

After the Yoga session, the officials presented the Guinness World Records certificate mentioning.

"At least people are doing it".

"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.

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