Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed nation on the occasion of International Yoga Day at Lucknow. PM Modi performed yoga after addressing nation. PM Modi was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the venue.
Tight security cordoned around venue, all arterial roads were under strict CCTV vigil.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said yoga, akin to its capacity to unite the body, mind and soul, has played a “big role” in binding the world, cutting across linguistic and cultural barriers.
Addressing a huge gathering at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan on the occasion of the third International Yoga Day celebrations here, he also asserted that the traditional practice has now become part of every person’s life.
Here are the top quotes from the speech of PM Modi:
# Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice
# I urge everyone to make Yoga a part of their lives
# I am glad to see several Yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing
# Yoga's immense popularity outside India is high & has connected the world with India
# From Lucknow I convey my greetings to all those joining the Yoga Day 2017 celebrations all over India
# Yoga joins soul to body. It is now joining world together
# Yoga is becoming parts of houses and many countries have also adopted it
# Yoga is a part of our tradition and it integrates us# Yoga can have the same importance as salt has in life
# Wellness more important than simply physical fitness
# Yoga, which connects body, mind and soul, has played a big role in connecting the world too
“Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga. The practice, which connects body, mind and soul, has played a big role in binding the world too,” he said.
Donning a white t-shirt and loose trousers, Modi also performed asanas along with over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts braving early morning drizzles.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath joined the prime minister in performing yoga at the sprawling venue.In his address, Adityanath thanked Modi for enhancing Yoga’s reputation globally.
Intermittent rains since morning failed to deter thousands of yoga enthusiasts, who enjoyed performing asanas fully drenched.
Three years ago, Modi had persuaded the United Nations to declare June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
Since then, thousands of people hold yoga programmes across the world on this day.
With PTI inputs