India's bravehearts celebrate the ancient art on International Yoga Day

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

Modi's speech set the mood for a 45-minute yoga session, awaited in much expectancy by the participants who had all been given yoga mats and informed to retain them as souvenirs of the day and hopefully to use on a regular basis. "It is a logical solution to present-day miseries", said Bhawna Mori, another yoga teacher based in south Delhi.

Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving.

Underscoring the global impact of yoga, Modi said interest in the exercise form is growing rapidly in western countries. In yoga, we have the flawless solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society.

"In a world suffering from mental stress, yoga promises calm". It can show the way in defeating tensions and mindless anxiety. Instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates.

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Modi said several people, who already practise Yoga, re-dedicate themselves to its pursuit.

Increases your blood flow: The relaxation exercises in yoga helps your blood circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Some of the asanas like Gomukhasana (cow face pose), Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Down-ward facing dog), Uttana Shishosana (Extended puppy pose), Malasana (Garland Pose) etc. needs to be practiced every day. Yoga plays an important role in promoting health. I urge all the people in the nation to practice yoga and those too who have never tried it.

Acting Nepali Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri also participated in the event.

The celebrations of IDY commenced with the screening of a video message of the Prime Minister of India.

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At the end of the event, a lucky draw was held.

Indian High Commission in Dhaka organised yoga camp on the occasion of 4th International Yoga Day on Thursday. It was heartening to see the children participate in the event with good cheer and a lot of enthusiasm.

Herat City in Afghanistan celebrated the occasion with a performance of Herati folk music by tabla maestro Jawad Tabish. However, the main celebrations took place at the Zaabeel Park as hundreds of yoga enthusiasts gathered at the main grounds at 7pm.

"It would be no exaggeration to say that yoga has been appreciated a lot by the western world".

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The National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi, which had launched a week-long yoga classes for its students and staff ahead of the Yoga Day, announced plans to conduct regular yoga classes throughout the year for all students, staff and their family members. Reacting on this development, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha assured that next year, he will convince Modi to come to Mysuru for the Yoga Day.

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