International Yoga Day : “Yoga For All, All For Yoga”

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This year’s mega International Yoga Day event, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is taking place at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Over 30,000 yoga enthusiates are taking part in PM Modi’s event amid tight security.

Several top government functionaries are also attending Yoga events across the country. This year, International Yoga Day theme is “Yoga for Heart Care”, PM Modi said. “I urge you all to embrace Yoga and make it an integral part of your daily routine. Yoga is ancient and modern. It is constant and evolving,” says PM Modi while addressing the crowd at the Yoga Day event. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and various other ministers were present in the event. Last year, PM Modi marked the day with a similar event in Dehradun and was joined by thousands of people. Celebrations also panned across the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The event also enjoys a global reach.

Yoga guru Ramdev was joined by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as he performed his trademark asanas at an event this morning in Maharashtra’s Nanded to mark International Yoga Day. Mr Fadnavis also performed various asanas, guided by Ramdev. The yoga guru’s organization, Patanjali, organised similar programmes today in one lakh villages across the country. Events have also been organised across the country. The idea of the International Day of Yoga was first proposed by PM Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014. Recognising Yoga’s universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

“Only those who practise yoga will enjoy Rajyog (a stint in power), Jawaharlal Nehru used to practise yoga and therefore his Rajyog was good and he became prime minister. Indira Gandhi also practised yoga and she also had very good Rajyog, Modi practised yoga, and the son of a tea-seller became the prime minister. Now Rahul Gandhi is also practising yoga.”

The idea of the International Day of Yoga was first proposed by PM Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014.

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