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India and world twist and chant on International Day of Yoga

24 June 2017

This International Yoga Day she posted a video on Instagram in which she was performing the handsome asana of Bakasana.

The cooperative issued a brief statement on the occasion offering its view of the great Indian contribution to the world. Leading the country wide celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today braved rain to perfrome yoga at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow.

"In addition to health and fitness, wellness is important. It positively changes the lifestyle of the people and increases the level of well-being", he added.

Coming all the way from Misrikh city in neighbouring Sitapur district, 20-year-old Prensha was thrilled to perform yoga aasanas so close to the PM.

Wearing a white t-shirt and loose pants, Modi performed Yoga.

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"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga". While in much of the Western world yoga is popular as a system of physical exercise, in India, it is much more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core.

She thanked the global community for the "tremendous response" India received for its proposal of adopting June 21 as the worldwide Day of Yoga at the United Nations and its inclusion as World Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, and also the "support our missions and posts are getting overseas in successful celebrations of global Day of Yoga every year by the host countries".

On June 21 this year, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 200 countries of the world celebrated International Yoga Day by practicing Yoga together in public.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a mass Yoga session at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Yoga poses such as the Downward Facing Dog, where your balance your body on all fours, or the Warrior Pose, where a participant balances on one leg, can really build muscular strength and aid balance.

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NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind also joined the mass demonstration of yoga in Delhi and performed the yoga routines for about 45 minutes.

Many across Corporate India seem to have taken a leaf out of Modi's endorsement of healthy living through yoga.

The Indian Embassy in Beijing and consulates in other cities organised yoga events, well-attended by people from all walks of life.

After concluding his speech, Modi walked to an enclosure and performed yoga with almost 100 students.

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India and world twist and chant on International Day of Yoga