Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

World in same 'asana' as India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Andrew Cummings | 24 June, 2017, 01:36

"It is not even expensive to practice", said Modi who was instrumental in getting the United Nations declare the International Yoga Day in December 2014.

Elsewhere in NY, a large number of people, including from the Indian community, participated in special yoga sessions organised by the Indian Consulate in NY.

Modi urged everyone to make yoga part of their lives saying that it is not expensive to practice yoga and should be included in the daily lives just as salt is included in food.

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition or culture are now connecting to India through yoga".

An Indian Sadhu or Hindu holy man performs Yoga to mark International Yoga Day at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

"Earlier, Yoga was only restricted to saints and seers in the Himalayan mountains".

"It is not important to perform Yoga for 24 hours". 50 or 60 minutes (is fine) because it lends harmony to the body, mind and intellect.

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Other mass yoga sessions were held in China, Colombia, the United States, Mexico, Paraguay, Italy, Singapore and atop Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca citadel in Peru.

"Yoga has revolutionised health management across the world by offering an opportunity to bring the mind in equilibrium with the body besides helping to harness an individual's inner strengths", he added.

Parveen Jain, President of National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) - the apex body of the real estate sector, also said that to remain mentally and physically fit - yoga is very essential.

In New Delhi Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took part in the celebrations.

Enthusiastic participants performed yoga to celebrate the third International Day of Yoga in Berlin.

The Indian Embassy in Beijing and consulates in other cities organised yoga events, well-attended by people from all walks of life. "We may not master yoga or become teachers but we should not stop from performing yoga (asanas)", Modi said.

Twenty students from India's Morarji Desai Institute, who have come here as yoga ambassadors, displayed advanced yogic poses.

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