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International Yoga Day 2017

28 June 2017

He said that the regular practice of yoga helps in promoting fitness of mind and body leading to a handsome life. In addition to fitness, wellness is important, the Prime Minister said, adding that Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness.

Modi said the increasing popularity of yoga spurred Unesco to add yoga to its list of intangible cultural heritage, along with Cuba's rumba and Peru's scissor dance, in December a year ago. "Today, there is no question mark over yoga in any part of the world. There are many countries which do not know our language, traditions or culture but the entire world is getting connected with us because of yoga", said 66-year-old Modi, who was attired in a white T-shirt and loose pants.

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Yoga has also played a big role in bridging India with the world, he claimed.

Recalling as to how the United Nations gave its nod for the International Day of Yoga three years back, he said there might not be any country where yoga-related programmes are not held or attraction or awareness towards it has not grown. At GMDC ground, 54,522 participants of different age and size stretched and twisted together, snatching Delhi's record for the maximum number of people simultaneously performing yoga at one place. 50 or 60 minutes (is fine) because it lends harmony to the body, mind and intellect.

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Baba Ramdev and Amit Shah also shared pictures of the yoga session on their twitter handles. "If 1.25 billion Indians and people around the world can attain this state of well-being, then humankind can also tide over problems born out of human thoughts", he said.

Once his address was complete, the Prime Minister surprised everybody by descending on the ground to join the students waiting to perform yoga. NIT-P invited yoga experts from Haridwar, whereas Central University of South Bihar organized a yoga session in the morning followed by a workshop for the students and a debate contest.

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More than 500 yoga enthusiasts participated in the event. "The support to Yoga is deeply appreciated", the prime minister tweeted on Wednesday night.

International Yoga Day 2017