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International Yoga Day: Muted celebrations in Pakistan, bigger event planned after Ramadan

Welcoming the gathering, Venu Rajamony, India’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, described yoga as India’s gift to mankind.With the United Nations declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a global celebration of yoga, it has further helped to spread awareness of the many mental, physical and spiritual benefits of this ancient practice. He sought the Ambassador’s leadership in linking the Indian and the Surinami-Hindustani communities in the Netherlands.”Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture are now connecting to India through yoga”, Modi said in an address to the crowd.The event was organised in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, India Tourism Amsterdam, Art of Living Foundation, ISHA Foundation and Jet Airways. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day. An International day for Yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014.This International Yoga Day, we’re taking a look at women who swore by yoga the past year. Today, yoga is an intrinsic part of the lifestyle for people across the country, and the growing number of yoga studios and personal yoga coaching classes are a testimony to this trend.Farmers perform yoga on the Delhi-Dehradun highway in Daurala town of Meerut on Wednesday morning as a symbolic protest on International Yoga Day. Amidst a drizzle, the Prime Minister along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath enthused around 55,000 people at the event.Colourful yoga mats are drawn out at a fitness studio at the Naval Base in Dolphins Hill.Modi explained the importance of Yoga in our life by using the analogy of salt.Before performing Yoga, Chouhan said: “Yoga is necessary for students to keep themselves mentally and physically fit.”.Television footage showed Indian soldiers performing yoga in their military overalls in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, at a height of 5,500 meters.Japanese Yoga instructor Keiko Aikawa, Union chemicals and fertilisers minister Ananth Kumar were also present at the programme. “The practice, which connects body, mind and soul, has played a big role in binding the world too”.