International Yoga Day 2017: PM Modi leads celebrations in Lucknow: The whole world celebrate’s


Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a gathering of over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan on Wednesday on the third edition of International Yoga Day. UP Governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath and cabinet ministers were also present at the event.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India. “I am glad to see several yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing,” he said at the event.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath joined the prime minister in performing yoga at the sprawling venue. In his address, Adityanath thanked Modi for enhancing Yoga’s reputation globally.

“Yoga, like the way it unites the body, mind and soul has played a big role in binding the world by cutting across linguistic and cultural barriers,” Modi said on the third International Yoga Day.

Donning a white t-shirt and loose trousers, Modi also performed asanas along with over 51,000 yoga enthusiasts braving early morning drizzles.


International Yoga Day or commonly referred to as Yoga Day
Image courtesy: IBTimes India

International Yoga Day or commonly referred to as Yoga Day, is observed every year on June 21 since its inception in the year 2015. Yoga itself is a very old practice that is followed in India since time immemorial. Its origin can be traced back to Lord Shiva, who is also called the Adi Yogi (first guru) and is known as the teacher to all the yogis in the world.

However, today, the need for a nation that practises yoga on a day-to-day basis was felt by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, himself.

The idea to observe June 21 as Yoga Day was first proposed by the Prime Minister during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014. June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The draft of the proposal was presented by India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji in UNGA in December 2014. It was a historic moment for UNGA as the draft received a very healthy support from its member states, the maximum that had ever been witnessed in its history. Of the total 193 members of the UNGA, the proposal was approved by a consensus of 177 co-sponsoring countries.

The adoption of this resolution by UN was supported by many yoga practitioners and several spiritual leaders in India.

The third International Yoga Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the twin states of Haryana and Punjab. Chief minister, ministers, MLAs and chief parliamentary secretaries took part in district level functions in Haryana. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was the chief guest in district level function organised in Indri in Karnal.

Khattar asserted that all kinds of obstacles can be overcome with the help of a determined mind and thoughts and said Yoga not only helps keep the body free of diseases, but also strengthens the mind and intellect.

The Chief Minister also said that yoga was beneficial, especially given the stress which has become part of today’s modern life.

The main Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh were held in Sector 17, where Punjab Governor and UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore was the chief guest.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda, BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher and Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon and party’s senior leader Satya Pal Jain were also present.

BJP President Amit Shah and Yoga guru Ramdev shared the dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani participated at a Yoga camp in Ahmedabad.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who took part in the celebrations in New Delhi along with Vijay Goel, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, tweeted this morning asking people to embrace yoga. “Happy International #YogaDay2017 to one and all! Make yoga a part of your daily life to experience the tranquillity of mind, body & spirit!” he wrote.

Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday graced the third International Yoga Day celebration held in Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. More than 5000 yoga enthusiast took part in the event organised by the state government of Karnataka.

Social activist Anna Hazare graced the third International Yoga Day celebration held in Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru
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Meanwhile on the very first edition of International Yoga Day in the debut year 2015 , the country had set not one but two Guinness World Records. One for the largest yoga lesson at the Rajpath and other for maximum participation by foreign nationals.

Now, in its third edition, Indians are all set to break the Guinness record for the Longest Yoga Chain. More than 8,000 schoolchildren formed the “longest yoga chain” in front of the iconic Mysuru Palace in Karnataka on Monday to create a new world record.

More than 44 schools across Mysuru took part in the record-breaking attempt that saw participation by 8,387 students, sources reported. After hours of rehearsal, two attempts of yoga chain were made for the world record in accordance with the Guinness protocols

Navy officers and personnel onboard INS Jalashwa and INS Kirch in the Bay of Bengal performed Yoga this morning. Yoga festivities were conducted on INS Vikramaditya and even on the deck of aircraft carrier INS Viraat in Mumbai’s Naval Dock Yard. Chief of Navy Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba took part in the celebrations in New Delhi with families of Navy personnel.


Navy officers and personnel onboard INS Jalashwa and INS Kirch in the Bay of Bengal performed Yoga
Image courtesy:Indian Navy

The international day for yoga is celebrated annually since its inception in 2015. An International day for Yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014.

Over 1,200 yoga enthusiasts in South Africa’s Soweto township today got their first taste of yoga when they performed various ‘asanas’ at an event on the eve of International Day of Yoga. The Consulate General of India in Johannesburg along with the volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation and yoga school trainers organised the event at a park in the township.

The event was part of a week-long programme at different venues across South Africa coordinated by the Indian missions in all major cities.

A large number of Chinese yoga enthusiasts participated in a colourful yoga event at China’s Great Wall on the eve of the International Yoga Day.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh took part in the event and practiced the yoga postures for a while. The event was jointly organised by the Indian Embassy, Beijing Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and Yogi Yoga, a popular yoga school.

The event is a cultural milestone, marking the first time yoga has been performed atop the Great Wall by a joint Indian and Chinese group of yogis, the Embassy said in a statement.

In commemoration of the day, the UN headquarters has been lit up for the second year in a row with images of yoga postures.

The Permanent Mission of India to the UN will organise a ‘Yoga Session with Yoga Masters’ at the world body’s headquarters led by Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, India and Swami Sivadasananda of Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Austria.

Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary general Maria Luiza Ribeiro and President of the General Assembly Ambassador Peter Thomson are special guests on the occasion.

As the world is celebrating the third edition of the International Yoga Day, from common man to politicians to celebrities and even business professionals are now shifting gears to India’s ancient exercise form to gain momentum.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is trying hard to find his inner zen post-retirement, a Fortune report has said. Speaking at the company’s Brainstorm Tech dinner in San Francisco he said that while he loved every minute of what he was doing since long, but loved it more every minute after quitting. “I get a lot of time to work out, meditate, take it easy”, he was quoted as having said.

Fortune quotes Ballmer, “While I loved every minute of what I was doing, I’ve actually loved every minute pretty much since I quit.” he added continued: “You get to stretch every day, you do yoga, it’s fantastic.

A large number of people including those from the Indian community participated in special yoga sessions organised by the Indian Consulate here to commemorate the third International Yoga Day.

Consul General Riva Ganguly Das led the Yoga Day celebrations at the Consulate premises on Monday and participated in the yoga and Art of Living (AOL) sessions.

Prime Minister Modi while addressing the gathering on this day in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow said that Yoga has become an integral part of every Indian household. Conveying his greetings to all those who joined the Yoga Day 2017 celebrations across India and the world, Prime Minister Modi said Yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India

“I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. Apart from fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness,” Prime Minister Modi said. The international day for yoga is celebrated annually since its inception in 2015.

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