Yoga acts as a bridge between India and China: Bambawale

Faith Castro
Июня 22, 2018

Modi, an ardent Hindu nationalist, traveled to the hill town of Dehradun for the fourth International Day of Yoga, and shortly after sunrise was doing yoga exercises with about 50,000 people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined thousands of volunteers performing yoga asanas in Uttarakhand's Dehradun to mark the 4th International Yoga Day on Thursday. "In fact, Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being", Modi said while addressing a large gathering. The enthusiasm of getting from "illness to wellness" is spreading from the busy streets of the South Korean capital, Seoul, to the foot of Eiffel Tower in Paris. Yoga can also be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.

An instructor for 11 years now, Gingari teaches yoga in clubs and open areas in Abu Dhabi.

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.

"When disintegrating forces gain prominence it is yoga that unites, creates amity in societies, which forms the basis of national unity and unity among nations, and finally leads to universal peace and brotherhood".

Modern Western references such as the Oxford English Dictionary define yoga as a "spiritual and ascetic discipline" which includes "breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures".

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"Today people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them", Modi said. "Last year, we had observed the International Yoga Day in Kolkata", he said.

Yoga helps in building focus and strength necessary to keep a soldier fighting fit.

He said the proposal for the Yoga Day at the UN was accepted in record time with a majority of nations supporting it. "India is Yoga's top ambassador", says PM Modi. In India, yoga practice is estimated to be a $1 billion market in less than five years.

In Mumbai, Vice President M Venkiah Naidu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavais attended a yoga event hosted by the BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar, and Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal also tweeted pictures from a yoga session he attended in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. ITBP is a specially trained unit that guards India's eastern border, most of which is fall under Himalayan mountain range.

In Kerala, Vijayan said Yoga can be practised by all, irrespective of caste and religion, adding it should be done with a "free and secular" mind.

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