Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Chidanand: International Yoga Day is a historic moment for India

Chidanand: International Yoga Day is a historic moment for India

In the run up to International Yoga Day, which is observed today and its third year, events across the country have been taking place with local governments in small towns staging yoga events in innovative fashion.

He has set up a ministry dedicated to promoting yoga and other traditional practices and persuaded the United Nations to create a dedicated International Yoga Day, a move seen as a triumph of soft power.

In Shanghai, about 1,000 Yoga enthusiasts took part in the main event held at the Dongping National Forest Park at the Chongming Islands, which was jointly organised by Consulate General of India, Shanghai along with Chongming County Government.

This drive was taken by Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi in 2015 and since then every year the day is being celebrated as the World Yoga Day.

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"Earlier, Yoga was only restricted to saints and seers in the Himalayan mountains". In a note of appreciation Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, "I congratulate all the yoga teachers across the world who have been working tirelessly to make Yoga Day a big success".

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"It is not important to perform Yoga for 24 hours". 50 or 60 minutes (is fine) because it lends harmony to the body, mind and intellect. Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal participated in the morning yoga session at the Indian Research Institute for Integrated Medicine (IRIIM) at its Mourigram Campus in Howrah district.

Former Indian cricketer Mohammed Kaif posted on Yoga. Addressing the large gathering in Sajanpur, Gurudev said, "When mind controls man, it is bhoga (bondage) but when man controls mind it is Yoga".

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Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living, personally introduced Yoga and meditation to thousands of people at two separate locations in Himachal Pradesh.

Besides Shanghai, Yoga events were held in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, with theme of "Ten cities, ten days, bringing together 15,000 yoga lovers closer to India promoting healthy and harmonious lifestyles".

India's permanent representative at the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin performed yoga in NY along with many foreign nationals, the broadcaster said.

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