International Yoga Day 2018: All you need to know

Lynette PayneJun 22, 2018

Last year, after inaugurating the programme at the Assam Rifles ground, the then Governor Lt Gen (retired) Nirbhay Sharma said: "Some believe that yoga is a religious activity impinging on other faiths". This International Day of Yoga let's unite with Yoga to build a healthier #NewIndia and a happier world!

And they can also be found stretching on their yoga mats all over the world. "We have been getting a very positive response from all communities and I am aware of several eminent Emirati friends who regularly practice yoga", he said. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel performed yoga at the altitudes of 12,000 to 19,000 ft to celebrate International Yoga Day.

Mrs Ugalahia said although Yoga used to be seen as an act of worship or spirituality by Indians and Buddhist, it has evolved in recent years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for the future of the world.

The Indian discipline of yoga, involving spiritual and physical practices, is followed in myriad forms today by millions of people worldwide, with an entry in UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list.

"India's legacy of which yoga is a significant part is unique and rich".

"Considering how life is so fast-paced in Abu Dhabi, just like any other big city in the world, it is no wonder Yoga is being adopted by people of various backgrounds".

The growing popularity of yoga across the globe has brought India closer to the world and this position is going to get strengthened in times to come, he said.

For V Nandakumar, CCO of Lulu Group, the International Day of Yoga has become a global event with more than 150 countries taking part in it.

Modi arrived at the Friday at around 6.30 am and addressed the people before performing asanas with them. Keeping the security in mind, almost 3,000 security personnel were deployed and around 60 CCTV cameras were installed at the venue.

Mr. Modi in 2015 lead the yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi and in 2016 at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh.

Asides from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, a condition known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. It is a passport for wellness. Still not impressed? Most of the hotshot celebrities that you wanna look like and feel like, do have a yoga routine to keep them young and awesome.

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