Indian ambassador practices Yoga to spread awareness on International Day of Yoga

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a mass yoga session along with other practitioners to mark International Yoga Day at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun

International Yoga Day: India takes a deep breath with Modi on the mat

Thanks to celebrities promoting yoga on social media - whether it is Bollywood star Shipa Shetty, spiritual guru Baba Ramdev or the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself - yoga has become more popular in the last few years.

#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.

"Yoga is not about just exercises, but it is about synchronizing mind and this world which is full of stresses and ailments in our daily lives, yoga is one way of finding solutions to those problems", he said. Over 500 yoga lovers turned up to take part in over hour-long special yoga workout at the old Indian Embassy premises.

In Mumbai for the Yoga Day celebrations, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said that he want it to become a people's movement because it is not political or religious.

Several Saudi, Arab and other nationals, as well as volunteers belonging to Saudi and Arab Yoga Foundation participated in the event by performing yoga asanas (postures). "It is a very positive practice, and a good way to balance life", he said, adding, "Yoga has nothing to do with religion and race as it is purely a breathing exercise that manages human body".

"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. "Yoga is lovely because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving", he added. "Today the entire world is celebrating Yoga day".

In his message, the prime minister said: "Yoga is a set of equilibrium and equanimity. It can show the way in defeating tensions and mindless anxiety", Modi said on Twitter.

"Yoga should be a 365-day affair and should be practiced for a healthy living", stated Sudhansu Adhikari, Odisha chief of the Patanjali Yoga Samiti.

"When disintegrating forces gain prominence, it is yoga that unites and creates amity in societies, which forms the basis for national unity and unity among nations, and finally leads to universal peace and brotherhood".

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