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. Addressing the large gathering in the backdrop of the iconic British-era building of FRI, Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe.
Speaking at the state-level celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan, a CPM veteran, however lauded the greatness and benefits of yoga.
"Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world and has become a biggest mass movement", Modi said in his address.
Dr. Alaa, one of yoga instructors, briefed all about yoga activities taking place in Jeddah. We have been practicing yoga since much before the International Yoga Day came into being. When India moved the resolution for International Yoga Day in the United Nations, it was supported by many Muslim member countries as well.
As millions of yoga enthusiasts stretched and twisted their bodies, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said yoga should not be seen as part of any religious practice.
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"When disintegrating forces gain prominence it is yoga that unites, creates amity in societies, which forms the basis of national unity and unity among nations, and finally leads to universal peace and brotherhood".
The popularity of Yoga is going to increase not only in India but also in China, he said. "Yoga should be a general recommendation as part of the rehabilitation therapy for drug addicts who seek a high by consuming unsafe substances, a high that yoga can give them by enhancing euphoric hormones", she said.
Let's take a look at how the world is marking the occasion. "It is unique for its type of relaxation in cajoling the mind to focus, more like a form of retracting to self".
In Bhubaneswar, a special camp was organized by the Khurda District Patanjali Yoga Samiti on Durga Puja Mandap premises in Nayapalli.Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, who joined as the chief guest at the camp practiced yoga along with hundreds of participants. "We refuse the imposition to practise yoga and we will keep opposing its celebration in the state", said Vanlalruata, president of anti-corruption organisation-turned-political party, People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram. ITBP is a specially trained unit that guards India's eastern border, most of which is fall under Himalayan mountain range.