Yoga acts as a bridge between India and China: Bambawale

Ebony Scott
June 22, 2018

Official sources told The New Indian Express that there is no practice of celebrating the International Yoga Day in Mizoram as it is a Christian-majority state.

What is most noticeable is the growing interest of people from different parts of the world in yoga, which manifests itself fully during events such as these.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh, who is a yogi and has been practicing yoga for over 25 years, said, "Yoga is the best method for relaxation of human mind and also body".

"Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, Yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world", said the PM.

Sheikh said the Indian Consulate has been in the forefront in promoting yoga in Kingdom for the last three years.

The idea for International Yoga Day was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 2014 United Nations General Assembly address.

An instructor for 11 years now, Gingari teaches yoga in clubs and open areas in Abu Dhabi.

"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.

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"Today the entire world is celebrating Yoga day". "Yoga should be a general recommendation as part of the rehabilitation therapy for drug addicts who seek a high by consuming risky substances, a high that yoga can give them by enhancing euphoric hormones", she said.

At least 5,000 events big and small took place across India, but the largest was expected to be in Mysore in the south with more than 60,000 taking part, according to organisers.

Tens of thousands more people joined in mass yoga exercises across the country, from staff at the New Delhi airport to middle-class urbanites and students at countless schools.

This philosopher-monk stressed yoga's rational and scientific qualities in a bid to make the discipline compatible with the West.

The choice of June 21 was by no means a coincidence.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a three-day visit to Surinamese will perform yoga asanas along with his counterpart Desire Delano Bouterse in Paramaribo.

When asked about Kumar's absence at the event, both Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sushil Modi insisted that what was important was that people practised yoga regularly, wherever they chose, and that the presence or absence of a public figure must not be "politicized".

"Designed to help individuals build self-realisation, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation, (yoga) is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion", UNESCO added in a tweet.

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