Modi harps on yoga power as rain plays spoilsport

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He added, "The International Day of Yoga is being celebrated in villages, small towns and major cities around the world and has now become like a major festival".

According to the United Nations, UN, the theme of this year is "Yoga for Health".

The United Nations proclaimed the date in 2014 and it's being marked around the world.

The global day for yoga is celebrated annually since its inception in 2015.

- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 21, 2017Let us pledge today to make Yoga an integral part of our daily routine & practice Yoga regularly.

As part of International Yoga Day 2017, personnel of Indian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (NE) participated in mass yoga in another programme at the Coast Guard Regional Hq in Kolkata.

He further said, "Yoga can help people keep calm....it helps people to maintain a healthy body and mind despite various challenges".

Chief Minister N Biren stated that it is the contribution and achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Yoga which spreads the message of peace and prosperity has been popularised across the world.

At Connaught Place in the Indian capital, several dignitaries, including Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, NDA Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal performed various postures of Yoga with people. "Yoga's popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India", he said.

The Lucknow event, an 80-minute affair, is one of the biggest yoga events in the country and even intermittent rain fail to dampen the spirits of yoga enthusiasts in Lucknow and around the country.

Yoga practitioners have taken a relaxing break to bend, twist, and pose for the annual event celebrating the practice, especially in the country where it began.

The Indian embassy termed the event as a cultural milestone in which the ancient Indian art was performed atop the Chinese marvel.

"It is not important to perform yoga for 24 hours". "Across the globe, the demand for yoga teachers is rising, creating a new job market". He also asserted that the traditional practice has now become part of every person's life.

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