Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

PM Modi to lead 4th International Yoga Day celebrations in Dehradun

PM Modi to lead 4th International Yoga Day celebrations in Dehradun

The International Yoga Day 2018 is right upon us and will be acknowledged on June 21 worldwide and as for India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be seen leading at least 50,000 yoga enthusiasts on Thursday in order to celebrate the fourth edition of International Yoga Day at the huge campus of the Forest Research Institute (FRI) which is located in Uttarakhand, Dehradun.

Addressing a large gathering with the British-era Friday building in the backdrop, Mr. Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe. He added that yoga has become one of the unifying forces of the world. When India moved the resolution for International Yoga Day in the United Nations, it was supported by many Muslim member countries as well.

#07:05 AM: Yoga India's gift to the world, says Modi: "Yoga is India's gift to the world". He also asked people to learn to honour their own legacy and heritage if they wanted the rest of the world to respect them. We should not hesitate in honouring the gems of our own heritage.

"From Tokyo to Toronto, from Stockholm to Sao Paulo, Yoga has become a positive influence in the lives of millions", Modi told participants on the lush green lawns.

"Yoga fosters amity in societies which can form the basis of national unity", the prime minister said. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates.

#07:40 AM: Yoga is an art of living, says UNESCO: "Yoga is an art of living, a way of being, it is about finding one's true Self & connecting with it".

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who participated in a yoga event in Lucknow, emphasised on Modi's role in popularising yoga around the world.

The Prime Minister termed yoga as lovely, ancient and modern.

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

It's easy to dismiss the prospect of a joint meditation session between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US president Donald Trump, and Russian president Vladimir Putin as wishful thinking.

Mr. Modi in 2015 lead the yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi and in 2016 at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh. "In a distracted world, yoga helps focus", Modi said in another video released on Twitter this week.

He asked people to embrace yoga not just for a healthy, but happy and peaceful life. It is a passport to health assurance, a key to fitness and wellness. Don't people from RJD & JDU practice Yoga?

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