Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has played a significant role in reviving the traditional yoga not only within the country but also across the world. He further added that Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being.
In Dehradun, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, Union Minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also participated.
Yoga connect people from different nations and different walks of life, it fosters a sense of harmony among fellow beings and with the rest of the universe. Prime Minister performed Yogasan, Pranayama and Dhyan with about 50,000 yoga enthusiasts and volunteers at the Forest Research Institute campus.
"It would be no exaggeration to say that yoga has been appreciated a lot by the western world".
Addressing a large gathering with the British-era Friday building against the backdrop, Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe. "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving", he said. On the occasion of the fourth International Yoga Day, various events have been organised across the country.
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As India struggles with the non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart attacks which are on increase, Modi took the opportunity to highlight the health benefits of performing yoga.
German nationals Thomas Pohl and his wife Kerstin Pohl were also part of the event.
"The word yoga means to unite".
In the first half of the 20th century, Western texts began to detail yoga postures, also known as "asanas". Silva said she attends the Yoga Day every year.
"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", he said. "Connecting the mind, body, intellect and soul, it brings about peace". AP Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu participated in a special yoga event in Vijayawada.
Other cities however held their yoga day earlier than June 21 - the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere - including in Paris, Seoul and in Durban, South Africa last weekend.