Thousands join Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday performed yoga with over 50,000 enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) campus here and said the ancient Indian discipline has emerged as a "powerful unifying" force in a strife-torn world. Dehradun se Dublin tak, Shanghai se Chicago tak, Jakarta se Johannesburg tak, Yoga hi Yoga hai (From Dehradun to Dublin, Sanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, there is Yoga all around).

Today, people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them, Mr. Modi said.

#08:30 AM: In pictures: International Yoga Day 2018: From China to America and Australia to Dubai, the world took to yoga mats to perform asanas on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2018.

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In Bhubaneswar, a special camp was organized by the Khurda District Patanjali Yoga Samiti on Durga Puja Mandap premises in Nayapalli.Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, who joined as the chief guest at the camp practiced yoga along with hundreds of participants.

Students, government officials, defence personnel, police officials and people from various quarters enthusiastically participated in the yoga day celebrations held across the Tamil Nadu. "Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of Yoga as well", a statement quoting Modi said.

Troops guarding the world's highest battleground on the Siachen glacier, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, did yoga routines at an altitude of around 18,000 feet (5,486 m).

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State BJP leaders, including Tamilisai Soundararajan, joined Prabhu in the celebrations.

#07:15 AM: India should be honoured to be "guardians" of yoga: "We should be proud of our culture". Binay K Jha, the chief commissioner, said, "We are organising this 24 hours yogathon to commemorate the International Yoga Day on 21st June". Modi said India should be proud to be the "guardians of the great practice". "Yoga is lovely because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving", he said. It has the best of our past and presents and a ray of hope for our future.

He said in fact, yoga has become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and wellbeing, which is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world. In Yoga, we have the flawless solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society. "Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals", he said.

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Modi also added that in a world of excess, Yoga promises restraint and balance.

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