World celebrates 4th International Yoga Day

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International Yoga Day: India takes a deep breath with Modi on the mat

Some 50,000 people gathered with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in the Himalayan foothills to salute the power of yoga.

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. Modi called yoga as the most powerful unifying force in a strife-torn world. From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country. "From Lord Jagannath's grace, the International Yoga Day is being celebrated across the world for harmony and peace", stated Deb.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who participated in a yoga event in Lucknow, emphasised on Modi's role in popularising yoga around the world. "It has become an occasion of initiation for millions inspired by the spirit of yoga, they commit themselves to its pursuit", he said.

Sheikh said the Indian Consulate has been in the forefront in promoting yoga in Kingdom for the last three years. As awareness about the need for a healthy lifestyle increases, youngsters as well as senior citizens are keen on following yoga.

Modern Western references such as the Oxford English Dictionary define yoga as a "spiritual and ascetic discipline" which includes "breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures". Nor is Yoga only what you practice in the morning. "Yoga is exactly doing that", he said.

UNESCO added yoga to its list of intangible cultural heritage in 2016 in recognition of its influence on Indian society, "from health and medicine to education and the arts". Incidentally, this is the fourth time the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has refused to give an appointment to the CM of the southern state.

He said the set of exercises bring about oneness among the mind, body and intellect. Modi said India should be proud to be the "guardians of the great practice".

The United Nations General Assembly in December 2014 had declared that June 21 would be observed as International Day of Yoga every year.

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