Yoga A "Passport" To Fitness, Wellness, Says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga along with thousands of enthusiasts to mark International Day of Yoga in Dehradun

From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn't belong to India alone.

India celebrated the International Day of Yoga on Thursday, officials said.

The Prime Minister's decision to celebrate International Yoga Day in Dehradun was warmly welcomed by the Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat, who said he hoped it would cement the state's status as a premier destination for yogis worldwide.

The practice emerged as a way of transcending this suffering.

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In a statement online the Embassy said, "We are looking forward to welcoming our friends from Oman as well as expatriate communities living in Oman to our grand yoga session on 21 June, 2018 from 1830 hrs [at the] Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre".

Modi had earlier participated in yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016, and the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow in 2017.

This philosopher-monk stressed yoga's rational and scientific qualities in a bid to make the discipline compatible with the West. In yoga, it is called as "sirsasana" and regarded as the highest among all yoga postures.

Yoga includes stretching and bending of body besides doing breathing exercises aimed at transforming body and mind. As awareness about the need for a healthy lifestyle increases, youngsters as well as senior citizens are keen on following yoga.

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Indian metaphysics captured the imagination of counter-cultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s, as epitomised by the relationship between The Beatles and the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh.

Yoga as a spiritual practice was popularised at this time with the more athletic and dynamic methods developed in the 1980s and 1990s, says Mark Singleton from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The reason is not because of anything else but because ordinary people in China like other parts of the world are beginning to realise that yoga is contributing to making their lives successful both at the personal and professional level.

Initiated with a proposition by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, June 21 was proclaimed International Yoga Day by the United Nations on December 11, 2014.

Studies have shown its benefits for dealing with anxiety, depression and sleep disorders, with yoga considered more effective than a simple physical activity but less than psychotherapy. "Yoga is an example of our Prime Minister's cultural diplomacy", he added.

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

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