International Yoga Day 2018

India gears up to celebrate International Yoga Day

Chennai College students with painted faces during an event to commemorate International Day of Yoga 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined thousands of volunteers performing yoga asanas in Uttarakhand's Dehradun to mark the 4th International Yoga Day on Thursday.

Addressing a large gathering with the British-era Friday building in the backdrop, Mr. Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates.

Yoga was also performed on board the Japanese naval ship JS Ise and on the Indian Navy's INS Sahyadri taking part in military exercises in the western Pacific, the Indian Navy said. Binay K Jha, the chief commissioner, said, "We are organising this 24 hours yogathon to commemorate the International Yoga Day on 21st June".

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"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. "India is Yoga's top ambassador", says PM Modi.

In a world of excess, yoga promises restraint and balance.

In India, the yoga day was celebrated with much fervour and excitement.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev led a gathering in Rajasthan, whose chief minister said it was the largest group yoga event. "It helps in providing a bridge between India and China and bringing people of the two countries together", he said. President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on the state visit of Suriname, will also participate in the International Yoga Day celebration along with the President Bouterse of Suriname and other dignitaries in Paramaribo at 7 am (local time in Suriname). Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action. a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being.

But this doesn't bother the spiritual head of the biggest ashram or retreat in Rishikesh, the Indian city on the banks of the holy Ganges river considered the world yoga capital. Keeping the security in mind, almost 3,000 security personnel were deployed and around 60 CCTV cameras were installed at the venue. The campus was under CCTV camera surveillance. Adding that yoga has become the biggest mass movement "in the quest for good health and wellbeing", the prime minister said India should be honoured to be the "guardians of the great practice".

Pictures on social media showed participants braved rising mercury levels and unhealthy air quality in some places to spotlight yoga, India's cultural export to the world.

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Mr. Modi in 2015 lead the yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi and in 2016 at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh.

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