Stressing on India's role in promoting the practice, he added, "The gems of India's unique heritage such as yoga will be respected by the world at large only when we ourselves respect our culture and traditions, and take part in our legacy and heritage".
He said the way to lead a calm, creative and content life was yoga.
Addressing the gathering at the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world". Several union ministers are expected to join in similar events across the country.
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Yoga includes stretching and bending of body besides doing breathing exercises aimed at transforming body and mind.
"It's a very edifying experience I would say for the kind of participation we're seeing this year".
"Yoga is India's strongest message to the world".
"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.
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The centre, founded by Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra, has been built as a state-of-art facility and will be a wellness destination that will offer therapies based on ancient Indian Yoga and Pranayam.
Bhubaneswar: People from across Odisha rolled out their yoga mats, twisted and turned as they basked in the goodness of International Yoga Day celebrations.Even before daybreak, people from all walks of life irrespective of age were seen thronging to yoga camps and practice asanas to join the swelling number of enthusiasts worldwide.
"When disintegrating forces gain prominence, it is yoga that unites and creates amity in societies, which forms the basis for national unity and unity among nations, and finally leads to universal peace and brotherhood. It can show the way in defeating tensions and mindless anxiety", Modi said on Twitter.
Countries such as Afghanistan, Japan and Peru held yoga sessions, while Australia and South Africa celebrated on Monday.
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