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21 June 2018, 11:57 | Melissa Porter
International Yoga Day: India takes a deep breath with Modi on the mat
Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors sprouted all over Asia on Thursday, as the fourth annual International Yoga Day got under way.
Addressing the gathering at the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world".
"The way to lead a calm, creative & content life is Yoga". Instead of furthering animosity, yoga assimilates.
Yet, it is largely unorganised and fragmented unlike in the USA, where organised players like YogaWorks, CorePowerYoga, Bikram Yoga, have helped the industry get over $10 billion. In her message, she said that yoga practice helps people connect with nature, ensuring their happiness. "We refuse the imposition to practise yoga and we will keep opposing its celebration in the state", said Vanlalruata, president of anti-corruption organisation-turned-political party, People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram.
Union minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi took part in the celebrations.
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".
Submarine staff from India's Eastern Naval Command were pictured doing yoga poses, as were soldiers in Secunderabad. From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country.
Among those being put through their paces by the guru was a Japanese MP, a member of the yoga group in the Japanese parliament. While it might be hard to believe, it is a fact that religiously practicing yoga is extremely beneficial for your heart and lungs as it causes the organs to rhythmically expand and contract, helping them remain in a healthy condition, India Today reported.
Personnel belonging to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police performed yoga at the height of 18,000 feet, while over a thousand navy personnnel are performing asanas on the INS Virat against the view of the Arabian Sea on the occasion of International Yoga Day.
"At least people are doing it. One day you walk the path, the next day you find the truth also", Swami Chidanand Saraswati told AFP.
"Many of our valued patients are from the UAE and the GCC and this event is a flawless opportunity to introduce yoga to the local community in a way that is educational and fun at the same time", says Saba.
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