Strike a pose for International Yoga Day

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

"The way to lead a calm, creative and content life is yoga". Dehradun se Dublin tak, Shanghai se Chicago tak, Jakarta se Johannesburg tak, Yoga hi Yoga hai (From Dehradun to Dublin, Sanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, there is Yoga all around).

The prime minister described Uttarakhand as a sacred land and said it had been the centre of yoga for ages. Speaking at the event, PM Modi briefed the benefits of yoga and said when forces defeat us and break us, there is division within society and family. Adding that yoga has become the biggest mass movement "in the quest for good health and wellbeing", the prime minister said India should be honoured to be the "guardians of the great practice". Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates.

#07:10 AM: Yoga India's top ambassador: "Yoga is lovely because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving". Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for future of the world.

"India's legacy of which yoga is a significant part is unique and rich".

"From Tokyo to Toronto from Stockholm to Sao Paulo yoga has become a positive influence in the lives of millions", Modi said.

"In a world where non-communicable diseases, stress and lifestyle-related ailments are rising, yoga can play a central role in mitigating these diseases to create a healthy mind and body".

The growing popularity of yoga across the globe has brought India closer to the world and this position is going to get strengthened in times to come, he said.

Elaborate security arrangements were made and almost 3,000 security personnel deployed in and around the venue.

If you want to be part of the International Yoga Day 2018 celebrations and are looking for Yoga events nearby you, Yogalocator app can be the one-stop solution for you. The campus was under CCTV camera surveillance.

The prime minister then performed asanas with the volunteers.

#08:30 AM: In pictures: International Yoga Day 2018: From China to America and Australia to Dubai, the world took to yoga mats to perform asanas on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2018. The Prime Minister had earlier participated in yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016, and the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow in 2017.

On Wednesday, while greeting yoga enthusiasts across the world, the Prime Minister had said that this exercise is one of the most precious gifts given by the ancient Indian sages to humankind. Past year he participated at an event at the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow.

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