India celebrates Int'l Yoga Day

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

From the Himalayan region of Ladakh to the deck of an aircraft carrier, tens of thousands joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to celebrate the fourth International Day of Yoga, with a few wearing masks to highlight poor air quality.

The Indian discipline of yoga, involving spiritual and physical practices, is followed in myriad forms today by millions of people worldwide, with an entry in UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list. Yoga can also be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life. 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.

Sheikh said the Indian Consulate has been in the forefront in promoting yoga in Kingdom for the last three years.

In India, the main event was kick-started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who performed yoga along with over 50,000 enthusiasts at Dehradun's sprawling Forest Research Institute.

However in its present-day use, yoga is often no more than a form of exercise, Michael says.

The emphasis on these postures and their sequences, such as the famous Sun Salutations, is a recent development, says India specialist Sita Reddy in "Yoga, The Art of Transformation" (2013).

Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for future of the world.

BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya when asked by newsmen if there is lack of enthusiasm in celebrating the Yoga day in West Bengal said it was a matter of regret that the Mamata Banerjee government was finding politics in everything. Thanks to the efforts of Nouf Marwaai, yoga has been popularized here. "Yoga should be a general recommendation as part of the rehabilitation therapy for drug addicts who seek a high by consuming unsafe substances, a high that yoga can give them by enhancing euphoric hormones", she said.

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To make the event more relatable to the audiences in the UAE, Saba Khan, founder of House of Nature, a holistic alternative medicine and natural therapy in Abu Dhabi, has created a special Arabic Fusion Yoga.

Let's take a look at how the world is marking the occasion.

Yoga helps in building focus and strength necessary to keep a soldier fighting fit. We have been practicing yoga since much before the International Yoga Day came into being.

In Kerala, Vijayan said Yoga can be practised by all, irrespective of caste and religion, adding it should be done with a "free and secular" mind.

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