International Yoga Day 2018: All you need to know

Faith Castro
June 23, 2018

Here's all you need to know about what International Yoga Day is, when it is, what the theme for 2018 will be, how to watch its events, how to celebrate it and some notable events taking place in India and throughout the world.

"Yoga offers health benefits and is a system of postures that offers wellness".

Yoga includes stretching and bending of body besides doing breathing exercises aimed at transforming body and mind. "India is Yoga's top ambassador", says PM Modi. We are pleased to partner with Infinite Health Studios who specialize in formulating yoga training modules for corporates.

He revealed that he began practicing yoga when his father brought home a poster of 32 yoga postures, and "for over 25 years now I've been practicing yoga regularly". In India, yoga practice is estimated to be a $1 billion market in less than five years.

Countries such as Afghanistan, Japan and Peru held yoga sessions, while Australia and South Africa celebrated on Monday. The event attracted the interest of several Saudis and some of them also participated with lots of enthusiasm.

In a video message posted on his Twitter handle, the prime minister said yoga is one of the most precious gifts given by the ancient Indian sages to humankind.

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He has also spearheaded an initiative to reclaim the discipline as an historic part of Indian culture since his Hindu nationalist government came to power in 2014.

In his address, the Prime Minister said from Dehradun to Dublin, from Shanghai to Chicago, from Jakarta to Johannesburg, yoga was everywhere.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose proposal for the global event won United Nations approval in 2014, will lead the way, performing his asanas with an expected 60,000 others in the northern town of Dehradun. "More and more people should adopt yoga in their daily lives". As awareness about the need for a healthy lifestyle increases, youngsters as well as senior citizens are keen on following yoga.

"Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving", he said.

He said yoga offers a solution to ailments and practising it helps combat stress and find peace.

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