Thousands join India's Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

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.

Meanwhile, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti also took part in yoga events in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Rudraprayag, Hajipur, and Patna respectively.

The emphasis on these postures and their sequences, such as the famous Sun Salutations, is a recent development, says India specialist Sita Reddy in "Yoga, The Art of Transformation" (2013). Instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates.

He added that several people, who already practice yoga, re-dedicate themselves to its pursuit on this day.

"Designed to help individuals build self-realisation, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation, (yoga) is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion", UNESCO added in a tweet. He said that Yoga is lovely because it is ancient and yet modern, it is constant and yet evolving; it has the best of our past and present and provides a ray of hope for our future. She said: "I started yoga when I experienced some asthma". It was the Prime Minister who led the chanting of the first round of "Om". It was heartening to see the children participate in the event with good cheer and a lot of enthusiasm.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on the state visit of Suriname will also participate in the International Yoga Day celebration along with the President of Suriname and other dignitaries in Paramaribo at 0700 (local time in Suriname).

Other gatherings took place across New Delhi with 10,000 enthusiasts registered as well as more than 5,000 events across from the country including in Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Patna. Breath is the most handsome gift and yoga makes people realize that.

The Yoga Day will be celebrated in Hungary's 21 cities from June 22-24. Various yoga camps, programs and seminars have been organised across the world to mark International Yoga Day. "It has become a powerful unifying force", he said. Reacting on this development, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha assured that next year, he will convince Modi to come to Mysuru for the Yoga Day.

He said the proposal for the Yoga Day at the UN was accepted in record time with a majority of nations supporting it.

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