Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern, says Modi on International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is being observed on June 21 every year, after United Nations adopted India's proposal in 2014.

This year, the national event for International Yoga Day was held at Dehradun’s Forest Research Institute where Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Modi highlighted the importance of yoga, a gift from India to the world. He said, yoga has the perfect solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society. "Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern," he said.

Events are planned across the country, including Rajpath, where as many as 15,000 people are taking part in the mass yoga session headed by Union Minister Harsh Vardhan.

Here are the live updates:

9:30 AM

Breathing easy with Deve Gowda

Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda practices yoga at his residence. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

The 86-year-old former prime minister is known to practice yoga daily. He says 30-minute yoga regime is part of his daily routine.

9:15 AM

Yoga by the beach

Yoga demonstration at Beach Road in Puducherry. | Photo Credit: S.S. Kumar

Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti,,Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Chief minister V. Narayanasamy, and ministers participated at the massive yoga practice session and demonstration held on the Beach Road in Puducherry.

9:00 AM

All roads in Mysuru lead to MRC

Participants perform yoga at Mysuru Race Club on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Thursday.

Yoga enthusiasts thronged Mysuru Race Club (MRC) on the foothills of Chamundi, for an hour-long mass yoga demonstration.

Mysuru entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest yoga demonstration or lesson at a single venue during last year’s yoga day at the MRC.

8:00 AM

Yoga Day in Madurai

A Yoga session at Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam in Madurai on Thursday. 

7:45 AM

Marathon for Yoga

Mini marathon was organised in Erode. | Photo Credit: M. Govarthan

As part of International Yoga Day, Brahma Kumaris organised a mini marathon stressing the need for healthy and happy life, in Erode in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.

Hundreds of youngsters participated in the run.

NCC cadets perform yoga at a mass yoga session at Government Arts College grounds in Coimbatore   

In Coimbatore, mass yoga sessions were held at Government Arts College grounds.

7:40 AM

Smriti Irani participates in Chandigarh event

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani at a yoga day event in Chandigarh. | Photo Credit: Akhilesh Kumar

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore took part in the fourth International Yoga Festival in Chandigarh on Thursday.

People perform Yoga in Chandigarh on Thursday. | Photo Credit: Akhilesh Kumar

7:30 AM

Highlights from Mr. Modi's speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted this year's Yoga Day celebrations from Dehradun. He is accompanied by Uttrakhand Governor K.K. Paul, State Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Ayush Minister Shripad Naik.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at FRI ground in Dehradun. |

"The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year. Infact, Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being," Mr. Modi says

"Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving. It has the best of our past and presents and a ray of hope for our future. In Yoga, we have the perfect solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society," Mr. Modi says.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a yoga event in Dehradun on Thursday. | 

"The way to lead a calm, creative & content life is Yoga. It can show the way in defeating tensions and mindless anxiety. Instead of dividing, Yoga unites. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates. Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals," he adds.

7:00 AM

15,000 enthusiasts sign up for yoga event at Rajpath

People taking part in Yoga day event in Rajpath | 

Roughly 15,000 people turned up for the 4th International Day of Yoga event at Rajpath.

The session started at 6 a.m. and the hour-long event was preceded by several cultural performances, the official said. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan was the chief guest while MP Meenakshi Lekhi also participated.

On Wednesday, a section of the Rajpath, between Rafi Marg and Janpath, was closed off for the preparation of the event.

The area will be closed for over two hours during the programme. The stretch is set to resume daily activities by 7.30 a.m.

Source - TH 

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