Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Tens of thousands join Indian leader for world yoga day

Tens of thousands join Indian leader for world yoga day

Interestingly, the celebrations of International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 which were being conducted in Lucknow were interrupted by heavy rainfall, but the spirit of the people to perform Yoga could not be washed away as a large number of people joined in the celebrations all over the country. He also asked people to learn to honour their own legacy and heritage if they wanted the rest of the world to respect them. Yoga can also be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.

India's Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, told Al Arabiya English that the efforts to promote yoga are definitely a long-term endeavor.

While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Yoga with over 50,000 enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute campus in Dehradun, Indian diaspora took to the Peruvian mountains to spread the message.

Two years ago, the influential Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, which is a conglomerate of 15 major churches, had boycotted the celebration saying yoga is "dipped in Hinduism".

"As the Sun is for all, the Moon is for all, rivers are for all, in the same way yoga is for all", he said.

Theresa Ugalahia, one of the few certified psychiatrists in Nigeria, said people are beginning to appreciate the benefits of the practice in the country.

Pictures on social media showed participants braved rising mercury levels and unhealthy air quality in some places to spotlight yoga, India's cultural export to the world.

"After only 4-6 months of doing yoga once a week, I was pleased to discover that numerous physical symptoms and pain had greatly subsided or disappeared", says Rola.

When is International Yoga Day 2018?

For the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018, the AYUSH Ministry is all set to organise a tour for the overseas Yoga professionals to the "Yoga's birthplace" that is the southern state of Kerala.

Modern Western references such as the Oxford English Dictionary define yoga as a "spiritual and ascetic discipline" which includes "breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures". This kind of thing will only aid to make yoga more popular and be accepted by all sections of society.

"As the Sun is for all, the Moon is for all, rivers are for all, in the same way yoga is for all", he said.

Since the proclamation, the International Day of Yoga has continued to grow in popularity as the profile of the practice continues to rise as more than just an exercise but as a great tool for staying healthy.

"Today people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them", Modi said.

Yoga helps in building focus and strength necessary to keep a soldier fighting fit. "Yoga contributes not only to physical fitness but also to mind fitness, it has nothing to do with any religion or region", he added.

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