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Yoga Day celebration draws unprecedented interest at United Nations headquarters

A video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the significance of yoga for mankind was screened at the opening of the event. In India, alone, there will be some 5,000 events to mark the third edition of the yoga day.Sporting a white T-shirt along with an Assamese gamocha (towel), Modi performed various asanas along with the children who followed the postures on orange, green, red and blue mats.”Earlier, Yoga was only restricted to saints and seers in the Himalayan mountains”.Yoga day events will also be organised in all states with the Union Human Resource Development Ministry directing universities and educational institutions to ensure elaborate arrangements to mark the event.Mr Modi, who credits his strict yoga regime for his ability to work long hours on little sleep, has been spearheading an initiative to reclaim the practice as a historic part of Indian culture since his Hindu- nationalist government came to power in 2014. “50 or 60 minutes is fine, because it lends harmony to the body, mind and intellect”, he said.He further said, “Yoga can help people keep calm….it helps people to maintain a healthy body and mind despite various challenges”.Navy officers also participated in Yoga celebrations were also held on warships, INS Vikramaditya and INS Viraat.Urging everyone to make Yoga a part of their lives, the Prime Minister said that Yoga is about health assurance, and it is not even expensive to practice. The venue of event was full of huge LED screens. He further added that how importance of yoga was put forward by saints of India and today with the growing popularity of yoga, how is now connected to the entire world through it. ITBP personnel took part in various Yoga sessions that were held in various parts of the country including Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.India on Wednesday converged to celebrate the International Yoga Day.From China’s Great Wall to the London Eye, yoga fans performed “asanas”, or poses, at major landmarks.Ramdev said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated that a new world record should be set in Yoga”.A few Muslim leaders have also raised their concern in the past, saying yoga went against Islamic thinking.Born in Pakistani Punjab, Haider, unlike many Muslims, is emphatic that yoga has nothing to do with Hindu religion and should be accepted by people of all faiths.