International Yoga Day 2018: Yoga 'powerful unifying' force in strife-torn world, says PM Modi

21 June 2018, 12:24 PM
PM Modi performing Yoga asanas during the 4th International Yoga day celebrations in Dehradun. (PIB Photo)
PM Modi performing Yoga asanas during the 4th International Yoga day celebrations in Dehradun. (PIB Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led an estimated 50,000 enthusiasts performing asanas during the 4th International Yoga day celebrations at the picturesque Forest Research Institute in Dehradun.

Addressing a large gathering on the occasion of International Yoga Day, Modi said that yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe.

"From Dehradun to Dublin, from Shanghai to Chicago, from Jakarta to Johannesburg, Yoga is everywhere. Yoga has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and wellbeing," the prime minister said.

Highlights:

#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. In India, the yoga day was celebrated with much fervour and excitement. From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country.

#08:15 AM: Ramdev makes it to the Guinness Book: Yog Guru and businessman Baba Ramdev made it to Guinness Book of World Record by presiding over largest crowd practicing yoga in Rajasthan's Kota. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Acharya Balkrishna were also present during the celebrations.

#07:55 AM: WATCH: Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel perform Surya Namaskar in cold desert of Ladakh at an altitude of 18,000 feet.

#07:40 AM: Yoga is an art of living, says UNESCO: "Yoga is an art of living, a way of being, it is about finding one's true Self & connecting with it. On 21 June, join Yoga Day celebrations."

#07:30 AM: Andhra Pradesh: Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command and navy personnel perform yoga at Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.

#07:15 AM: India should be honoured to be 'guardians' of yoga: "We should be proud of our culture. On the contrary, if we doubt our tradition and culture then the world will not put it's faith in us." Modi said India should be proud to be the "guardians of the great practice."

#07:10 AM: Yoga India's top ambassador: "Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving. It has the best of our past and presents and a ray of hope for our future. In Yoga, we have the perfect solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society. India is Yoga's top ambassador," says PM Modi.

#07:05 AM: Yoga India's gift to the world, says Modi: "Yoga is India's gift to the world. It is a passport for wellness. The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year. 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.

#06:58 AM: #WATCH: PM Modi leads #InternationalYogaDay2018 celebrations at Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

First Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 08:07 AM
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