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PM Modi led a unique yoga session at the U.N. Headquarters in a historic celebration to commemorate the 9th International Day of Yoga

June 21, 2023 10:41 am | Updated 07:31 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the 9th International Day of Yoga celebrations at the UN headquarters, in New York, on June 21, 2023.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the 9th International Day of Yoga celebrations at the UN headquarters, in New York, on June 21, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

The unique yoga session at the U.N. Headquarters commemorates the 9th International Day of Yoga which saw the participation from top U.N. officials, envoys from across the world and prominent individuals.

In a video message on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 21 said India has always nurtured traditions that unite, adopt and embrace, and made a fervent appeal to eliminate contradictions, hurdles and resistances through yoga.

Meanwhile in India, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh joined hundreds of Navy personnel on board INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier in Kochi, to participate in the yoga celebrations on the occasion.

The U.N. General Assembly declared June 21 as International Yoga Day following a resolution moved by India and co-sponsored by a large number of nations. The first International Yoga Day was observed on June 21, 2015.

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  • June 21, 2023 19:31
    PM Modi-led Yoga session at UN creates Guinness World Record

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Yoga celebration at the UN headquarters created a Guinness World Record for the participation of people of most nationalities.

  • June 21, 2023 18:48
    Diplomats and other dignitaries attend Yoga session

    The historic yoga session was attended by top UN officials, ambassadors, envoys, delegates from Member States as well as prominent members of the global and diaspora community.

    “I am excited for everyone who is participating in Yoga Day,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the UN.

    President of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly Csaba Korosi, Hollywood actor Richard Gere, Mayor of New York City Eric Adams and Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Amina J Mohammed were among prominent personalities who attended the event.

    “The feeling here is so open and embracing, I hope this feeling intoxicates the entire building. It’s a really nice feeling here today,” Gere said ahead of the event.

    People from more than 180 countries participated in Prime Minister Modi-led Yoga Day celebrations here, representing different walks of life and comprising diplomats, artists, academicians and entrepreneurs among others, sources said.

    “You can see the vibrations and excitement. Hundreds of people are lining up for International Yoga (Day celebrations) with Prime Minister Modi. Such a great feeling,” said Dilip Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner for New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs.

    Ruchika Lal, Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Art of Living, said people are excited. “They have been waiting outside since 6 a.m.,” she said.

    People were seen standing in queues outside UN headquarters to take part in the yoga session since early morning.

    The first International Day of Yoga was commemorated in 2015 and has since then been marked with several sessions and events highlighting the benefits and universal appeal of Yoga at the UN, Times Square and iconic locations across the world.

    The UN underlined that Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

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  • June 21, 2023 18:45
    PM Modi describes yoga as free from copyrights

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday described Yoga as “truly universal” and free from copyrights and patents.

    The prime minister, wearing a customised white yoga T-shirt and trousers, began his address with a ‘Namaste’ and thanked people for coming here from far away to attend the celebration.

    “I’m delighted to see you all. And I thank you all for coming. Friends. I’m told that almost every nationality is represented here today,” Mr. Modi said.

    “Yoga comes from India and it is a very old tradition. Yoga is free from copyrights, patents and royalty payments. Yoga is adaptable to your age, gender and fitness level. Yoga is portable and is truly universal,” Mr. Modi told the gathering.

    Hundreds of yellow yoga mats were placed on the ground where yoga enthusiasts and practitioners, wearing customised white yoga T-shirts, joined the event.

    LED screens playing videos of Indian culture and heritage were set up on the lawn.

    “Yoga means to unite...I remember about nine years ago, right here, I had the honour to propose celebrating the International Day of yoga on 21st June. It was wonderful to see the entire world come together to support the idea,” Mr. Modi said.

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  • June 21, 2023 18:37
    PM Modi showcases yoga and his country’s cultural diplomacy on the UN lawn

    Paying tribute at a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Modi joins a crowd of diplomats and dignitaries for a morning yoga session at the United Nations, kicking off the public portion of his U.S. visit by calmly flexing India’s cultural reach.

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  • June 21, 2023 18:29
    Had honour to proposing the International Day of Yoga 9 years ago: Modi

    PM Narendra Modi leads a yoga session at UN Headquarters. Mr. Modi thanks people for coming in large numbers to attend the event.

    “About nine years ago, right here at the UN, I had honour to propose celebrating International Day of Yoga on 21st June. I am told that almost every nationality is represented here today,” he says.

    “Yoga comes from India. Like all ancient Indian traditions, it is also living and dynamic. Yoga is free from copyright, from patents and from royalty payments. Yoga is adaptable to your age, gender and fitness level. Yoga is portable and is truly universal,” he adds.

  • June 21, 2023 18:24
    PM Modi speaks at UN headquarters

    Mr. Modi says, “Delighted to take part in the Yoga Day programme.” He remembered how he proposed the International Day of Yoga nine years ago at the UN headquarters on the same date.

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  • June 21, 2023 17:57
    PM Modi pays tribute at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi
  • June 21, 2023 17:55
    PM Modi arrives at North Lawn Gardens of U.N. headquarters
  • June 21, 2023 17:52
    People gather at UN headquarters to take part in International Day of Yoga celebrations
  • June 21, 2023 17:50
    Nepal’s Pokhara hosts massive event to mark International Yoga Day

    About 1,000 Yoga enthusiasts on Wednesday held a massive event in Nepal’s Pokhara in a bid to promote the traditional Indian fitness routine, as the world marked International Yoga Day.

    The event, which featured Nepal’s Tourism Minister Sudan Kirati and Indian Ambassador Naveen Srivastava, also focussed on promoting tourism with an eye on the Indian market.

    The Chief Minister of Nepal’s Gandaki province, Surendra Raj Pandey, too, graced the event at the Pokhara Rangashala ground which drew a sizeable count of Yoga enthusiasts.

  • June 21, 2023 17:41
    U.S. ambassador to U.N. arrives for yoga day celebrations
  • June 21, 2023 17:39
    Richard Gere arrives at the U.N. HQ in New York
  • June 21, 2023 17:38
    Dignitaries, New York Mayor to take part in Yoga celebrations at U.N.
  • June 21, 2023 17:31
    “Like Vivekanada”: Railways Minister’s high praise for PM Modi

    Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s feat in showcasing India’s culture worldwide to that of Swami Vivekananda.

    “The way Prime Minister Narendra Modi has showcased India’s culture worldwide is comparable to that of Swami Vivekananda,” he said.

  • June 21, 2023 17:29
    PM Modi set for the International Day of Yoga at U.N. headquarters
  • June 21, 2023 17:06
    PM Modi to lead yoga celebrations at UN
  • June 21, 2023 16:45
    PM Modi to pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi at UN
  • June 21, 2023 16:41
    Goa CM Pramod Sawant performs yoga with school students

    Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday attended a Yoga Day function with government officials and school children at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Bambolim.

  • June 21, 2023 16:12
    Former President Ram Nath Kovind performs Yoga in Delhi

    Former President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday performed Yoga in the national capital to mark the 9th International Yoga Day. He performed Yoga with others at an open ground.

  • June 21, 2023 16:11
    Yoga is India’s gift to humanity: UP CM

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said yoga is a gift from India for the welfare of humanity.

    Addressing an event at the Mahant Digvijaynath Smriti Sabhagar here on International Yoga Day, the Chief Minister said when the world was in the grip of the Covid pandemic, India’s Ayush system of medicine was in high demand across the world.

    Yoga is a gift from India for the welfare of humanity. Yoga asanas not only provide stability, but also physical strength, Mr. Adityanath said.

  • June 21, 2023 15:47
    One of several initiatives launched by PM Modi fostering global collaboration

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the brainchild behind several initiatives aimed at bringing a fractious world together but it is the International Yoga Day, being observed on Wednesday, that has left an indelible mark globally with its universal acceptance.

    This annual event has seen an impressive number of nations coming together to support and participate in yoga activities with the ancient Indian practice emerging as an important public health movement throughout the world.

    The International Yoga Day has witnessed active participation from numerous countries, demonstrating the global recognition of yoga as a transformative practice for physical and mental well-being, officials said.

  • June 21, 2023 15:44
    Stage set for International Yoga Day celebrations in New York
  • June 21, 2023 15:32
    Yoga has become India’s ‘soft power’, says Health Minister Mandaviya

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said yoga has become India’s “soft power” as he marked the International Day of Yoga by leading a session with hundreds of participants at AIIMS, New Delhi.

    Addressing the event, Mr. Mandaviya said, “Yoga is an ancient tradition of India but, with time, its practice started to decline. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a huge impetus to yoga and, today, there is no place in the world where yoga is not practised. It has become India’s soft power.”

    Highlighting the benefits of yoga in everyday life, he said, “Yoga helps calm the mind and energise the body. Whenever we talk about health and wellness, yoga comes to our mind. It is a kind of preventive care as it builds immunity in the body.”

    New Delhi: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya with others performs yoga on the International Day of Yoga, at AIIMS in New Delhi, Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_21_2023_000039A)

  • June 21, 2023 15:22
    CJI Chandrachud leads SC judges, staff in performing yoga asanas on 9th International Yoga Day

    Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud and other Supreme Court judges on Wednesday performed yoga asanas to mark the 9th International Day of Yoga at the apex court premises.

    Besides the CJI and other judges, officers and staff members participated in the event at the Yoga and Recreation Hall at the newly-constructed additional building complex of the top court.

    New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud with others performs yoga during a session on the International Day of Yoga, at the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi, Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_21_2023_000225A)

  • June 21, 2023 15:10
    CJI Chandrachud leads yoga asanas on 9th International Yoga Day

    Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud and other Supreme Court judges on Wednesday performed yoga asanas to mark the 9th International Day of Yoga at the apex court premises.

    Besides the CJI and other judges, officers and staff members participated in the event at the Yoga and Recreation Hall at the newly-constructed additional building complex of the top court.

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  • June 21, 2023 15:02
    AAI celebrates 9th International Yoga Day at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan

    The Airports Authority of India (AAI) celebrated the 9th International Yoga Day at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in New Delhi.

    Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Steel, graced the occasion and appealed to the masses to integrate Yoga into their daily routine.

    The Minister also performed various Yoga Asanas along with the officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India under the guidance of yoga instructors.

  • June 21, 2023 14:52
    Indian High Commission in Singapore observes International Yoga Day

    Over 150 people from the Indian community participated in the 9th International Yoga Day organised by the India High Commission.

    The hour-long event led by the High Commissioner P Kumaran at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India also saw the launch of a book on health, happiness and harmony.

    “High Commissioner P Kumaran led Singapore Indian community leaders in celebrating international yoga day at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Wednesday and launched a special book on health, happiness and harmony,” the High Commission said.

  • June 21, 2023 14:27
    Tripura CM Manik Saha performs yoga in Agartala
  • June 21, 2023 14:26
    AP Governor, several ministers and officials take part in International Yoga Day celebrations

    Yoga is an art of science for healthy living which focuses on bringing harmony between the mind and body, Andhra Pradesh Governor S Abdul Nazeer said marking the International Yoga Day.

    The Governor participated in the Yoga Day celebration held at Raj Bhavan and noted that yoga reduces stress.

    “Yoga focusses on bringing harmony between the mind and body, keeps the body fit and helps in reducing stress,” Mr. Nazeer said in a press release issued by Raj Bhavan.

  • June 21, 2023 14:17
    Amit Shah greets people on Int’l Yoga Day

    Union Minister Amit Shah greeted people on the occasion of International Yoga Day, and said Yoga is an invaluable heritage given by India to the world. He also mentioned yoga as a medium to concentrate the body, mind and soul, and said practicing yoga makes both mind and body healthy.

    “Best wishes to everyone on ‘International Yoga Day’. Yoga is the medium to concentrate the body, mind and soul, which not only makes the body healthy but also the brain,” Amit Shah tweeted in Hindi.

    “This is an invaluable heritage given by India to the world, which Narendra Modi ji has worked to take to the whole world. With the efforts of Modi ji, today ‘Yoga’ has become a lifestyle of people all over the world,” Mr. Shah further said in his tweet.

  • June 21, 2023 14:06
    In world-record attempt, 3,000 persons with disabilities do asanas in Hyderabad

    As many as 3,000 persons with disabilities practised yoga together here in an attempt to secure the world record at an event organised to celebrate International Yoga Day in which Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar took part.

  • June 21, 2023 14:04
    “We are indeed grateful for yoga, ancient India’s gift to the world”: UAE Minister
  • June 21, 2023 13:53
    Passengers perform Yoga inside a Mumbai local train
  • June 21, 2023 13:46
    Dog from ITBP canine squad ‘performs yoga’ at J&K’s Udhampur event

    While enthusiasts across the world celebrated International Day of Yoga on Wednesday, at the Prany Camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur a canine member of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) seemed to demonstrate just how the ‘downward dog’ should be done right!

    Positioning himself in front of personnel of the paramilitary force participating in a Yoga Day event here, the dog seemed to be at ease at joining in the poses. A video of the event captured the canine member of the ITBP squad wagging his tail, rolling on the ground and apparently attempting to be “one with the crowd” in performing various asanas. Occasionally it barked perhaps to voice its approval!

  • June 21, 2023 13:41
    PM Modi leading UN Yoga Day celebrations symbolises India’s growing strength: Goyal

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leading the Yoga Day celebrations at the United Nations Headquarters symbolises India’s growing strength and increasing relevance on the world stage.

    “Our beloved PM will be leading the Yoga Day celebrations at the United Nations Headquarters. This symbolises India’s growing strength, increasing relevance on the world stage,” Piyush Goyal said on the occasion of the ninth International Yoga Day.

    Reiterating Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s statement he said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most loved leader of the world. This is an occasion for every Indian to celebrate and look forward to a glorious future.”

  • June 21, 2023 13:40
    President Droupadi Murmu performs yoga
  • June 21, 2023 13:28
    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya leads yoga day celebrations at AIIMS New Delhi.
  • June 21, 2023 13:27
    We should acknowledge all those who revived, popularised yoga: Tharoor

  • June 21, 2023 13:22
    2nd Battalion ITBP, Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) organised a yoga session for ‘Himveers’, school students and villagers at Chitkul.
  • June 21, 2023 13:07
    ‘Pradhan sevak’ Narendra Modi is leading India’s heritage through Yoga at U.N.: Smriti Irani

    Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to lead a yoga session in a historic celebration to commemorate the 9th International Day of Yoga at the U.N. Headquarters.

    Speaking on the sidelines of an event held at Noida Indoor Stadium where she performed yoga this morning, the Minister said, “This is a moment of pride for all Indians on the occasion of International Yoga Day as our ‘ pradhan sevak’ [prime servant] Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading India’s heritage and development through the practice of Yoga at U.N. Headquarters today.”

    ANI

  • June 21, 2023 13:03
    G20 India delegates participate in a yoga day event led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
  • June 21, 2023 12:17
    President Murmu urges everyone to adopt yoga in daily lives, experience its transformative power
  • June 21, 2023 12:16
    Teachers perform yoga as they mark International Day of Yoga at the University of Allahabad in Prayagraj.

    Credit: AP

  • June 21, 2023 12:15
    Students, NGO members, government employees and others join the early morning Yoga session on International Yoga Day in front of the Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi.

    Credit: P.K. Badiger

  • June 21, 2023 12:14
    We support PM Modi’s efforts to boost tourism in India, promote yoga: UNWTO Secretary-General

    The UNWTO supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to promote tourism in India, a country rich in culture with a “huge potential” to attract more investment in the sector, a top official of the global organisation said in Goa.

    World Tourism Organization Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili spoke to PTI on the eve of the G20 Tourism Ministerial Meeting and the International Day of Yoga and expressed his delight over the coincidence.

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations with a mandate to promote responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

  • June 21, 2023 12:13
    Navy personnel take part in a display of yoga on the flight deck of the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi.

    Credit: Thusali Kakkat

  • June 21, 2023 12:12
    Yoga helps us to manage stress, keeps our mind and body fit: Indian hockey players

    Yoga has become an integral part of the Indian hockey teams’ daily routine and the ancient practice has been beneficial for the players in managing stress and keeping their mind and body fit, said men’s side vice-captain Hardik Singh.

    Over the past few years, the Indian men and women hockey players have made yoga a part of their practice regime.

    “At first when we were introduced to yoga, we felt like it was too slow and it was not easy to get all the asanas right. Many of us preferred pumping weights in the gym to practising an hour of yoga. But eventually, we have come to realise that practising yoga has helped tremendously in the power of mindfulness,” Hardik said.

    PTI

  • June 21, 2023 12:10
    People practice yoga inside pods on the lastminute.com London Eye in Westminster, London as the sun rises to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

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  • June 21, 2023 12:09
    Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw performs Yoga in Odisha’s Balasore

    Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw performed Yoga in Odisha’s Balasore to mark the 9th International Yoga Day. Mr.Vaishnaw had yesterday held a meeting with the District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police and State Government officials in Balasore, where nearly 300 people were killed in an accident involving three trains earlier this month.

    Mr. Vaishnaw who arrived in Balasore on Monday for a three-day tour of the State on Tuesday interacted with local individuals who generously provided assistance. The Minister announced ₹1 crore from his MP local area development (LAD) fund and another ₹1 crore from Railways funds for the development of Bahanaga village and the hospital there.

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  • June 21, 2023 11:57
    Students at forefront of yoga day celebration in Himachal

    Students were at the forefront of the yoga day celebrations in Himachal Pradesh, which witnessed several events being organised to marks the occasion.

    People assembled at public places with their mats from early morning to perform yoga and mark the occasion.

    Union Minister Anurag Thakur, who took part in an International Day of Yoga event in Hamirpur, said the day is being celebrated all over the world due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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  • June 21, 2023 11:43
    Many participated in a yoga event at Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.

    Credit: Vijay Soneji

  • June 21, 2023 11:41
    Children of Public School perform yoga on the 9th International Yoga Day at Atal Bridge in Ahmedabad.

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  • June 21, 2023 11:40
    Students perform yoga at an event organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways at Lighthouse Complex in Puducherry.

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  • June 21, 2023 11:37
    Yoga emerged as universal symbol of love, peace: Jitendra Singh

    Union MoS at PMO Jitendra Singh performs yoga on the International Day of Yoga, at Gulshan Ground Gandhi Nagar in Jammu

    Yoga has become a symbol of love and hope around the globe, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said and credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for its worldwide popularity.

    Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of an event on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, Mr. Singh said, “The theme of Yoga Day this year is ‘One Family, One Earth, One Future’.”

    “Despite our diverse cultures, languages, foods and attire, yoga has brought the world together and emerged as a symbol of peace and love. It is a significant contribution of Prime Minister Modi,” he said.

    PTI

  • June 21, 2023 11:34
    International Yoga Day celebrated with gusto in Karnataka

    Participants performing Yogasana during Yoga day organised by Department of Ayush at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

    The ninth International Yoga Day was celebrated with great fanfare in many parts of Karnataka on June 21. Thousands of people took part in the event aimed at promoting good health with sound mind. The theme of Yoga Day this year is ‘Yoga – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

    The main event took place on the grand steps of the imposing Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru where Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Karnataka Assembly Speaker U.T. Khader and Health and Family Welfare Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao took part.

    Swami Vachanananda, who is famed as ‘Shwasa Guru’, guided the gathering to perform yoga. A large number of government employees, students and social activists took part in the morning programme.

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  • June 21, 2023 11:32
    Yoga is art of science for healthy living: Andhra Pradesh Governor

    Students and youngsters perform yoga in Vijayawada.

    Yoga is an art of science for healthy living that focusses on bringing harmony between the mind and body, Andhra Pradesh Governor S. Abdul Nazeer said marking the ninth International Yoga Day.

    The Governor participated in the celebrations held at Raj Bhavan and noted that yoga reduces stress.

    “Yoga focusses on bringing harmony between the mind and body, keeps the body fit and helps in reducing stress,” said Nazeer in a press release issued by Raj Bhavan.

    PTI

  • June 21, 2023 11:09
    Rajasthan Governor marks yoga day, performs ‘asanas’ at Raj Bhavan

    BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore with others performs yoga on the International Day of Yoga, at the Maharana Pratap Sports College, in Jaipur.

    Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra led the celebrations at the Raj Bhavan in Jaipur to mark the International Day of Yoga. Mr. Mishra, who was joined by Raj Bhavan officers and other staff members, performed ‘asanas’ such as ‘bhastrika’, ‘kapalbhati’, ‘nulom vilom’ and ‘bhramari’, a spokesperson said.

    Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore performed yoga with locals in Churu. In Jaipur, former BJP State unit chief Satish Poonia marked the day with Central Reserve Police Force personnel at Jaigarh.

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  • June 21, 2023 11:07
    Yoga needs to be transformed into people’s movement: Maha CM Shinde

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said transforming the practice of yoga into a people’s movement was the need of the hour to tackle stress and lifestyle changes.

    Mr. Shinde was speaking after participating in the International Yoga Day events at the Gateway Of India, the State Secretariat and the Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai.

    He said it was a matter of pride that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was representing the country at the United Nations to mark the International Yoga Day.

    PTI

  • June 21, 2023 11:06
    People perform yoga on the International Day of Yoga in Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.

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  • June 21, 2023 11:05
    Students take part in a yoga session on the International Day of Yoga in Srinagar.

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  • June 21, 2023 11:03
    Union Ministers, L-G lead yoga day celebrations in Delhi

    People participate in an "International Day of Yoga" celebration at Kartavya Path Lawns in New Delhi.

    Delhi celebrated the International Day of Yoga with events across the national capital that witnessed the participation of political leaders and officials.

    Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Mandviya and Piyush Gotal and Delhi Lt. Governor V.K. Saxena took part in yoga day events in the city.

  • June 21, 2023 11:00
    Yoga has become India’s ‘soft power’, says Health Minister Mandaviya

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said yoga has become India’s “soft power” as he marked the International Day of Yoga by leading a session with hundreds of participants at AIIMS, New Delhi.

    Recognising its universal appeal, in December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by a resolution. The day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practising yoga.

    Addressing the event, Mr. Mandaviya said, “Yoga is an ancient tradition of India but, with time, its practice started to decline. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a huge impetus to yoga and, today, there is no place in the world where yoga is not practised. It has become India’s soft power.”

    PTI

  • June 21, 2023 10:59
    Haryana CM Khattar asks people to make yoga integral part of their lives

    On the occasion of International Day of Yoga, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar asked people to make yoga an integral part of their lives by devoting at least half an hour every day to it.

    “We can inspire others to do yoga only when we do it ourselves,” said Mr. Khattar while addressing a gathering in Panipat on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga.

    He along with people performed various yoga poses at the event.

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  • June 21, 2023 10:57
    Yoga is Bharat’s civilisational contribution to world: RSS

    The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said yoga is “Bharat’s civilisational contribution” to the world. Yoga is not limited to physical exercise but is essentially a holistic way of life, the RSS said in a tweet on the occasion of the International Yoga Day.

  • June 21, 2023 10:54
    Yoga has got recognition across globe: Gadkari

    Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari perform yoga in Nagpur.

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari greeted people on the occasion of the International Yoga Day and said yoga has got recognition across the world. Mr. Gadkari was addressing a gathering at a Yoga Day programme in his hometown Nagpur in Maharashtra.

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  • June 21, 2023 10:52
    World is acknowledging our culture, adopting it too: Rajnath Singh

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh participates in a yoga session on board aircraft carrier INS Vikrant as part of International Yoga Day on Wednesday.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said it was a matter of pride for India that yoga was being celebrated globally as it shows the world is acknowledging the country’s rich culture and also adopting it.

    Mr. Singh was speaking to the media after joining hundreds of Navy personnel on board INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier in Kochi, to participate in the yoga celebrations on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga.

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  • June 21, 2023 10:50
    Yoda Day event in Surat has set new Guinness World Record: Gujarat Minister Sanghavi

    Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi said the Yoga Day event in Surat has set a “new Guinness World Record” for the largest gathering of people for a yoga session at one place.

    More than one lakh people took part in the event and broke the previous record, Mr. Sanghavi said.

    Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel joined the State-level ‘International Day of Yoga’ celebration in Dumas area of Surat.

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  • June 21, 2023 10:49
    V-P Jagdeep Dhankhar calls upon people to adopt yoga for unity across globe

    Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar with others performs yoga on the International Day of Yoga, in Jabalpur.

    Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar called upon the countrymen and people across the globe to adopt yoga for unity in the world.

    The national celebration of the 9th International Day of Yoga 2023 was led by Mr. Dhankhar in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur city.

    The Vice President and other dignitaries took part in collective yoga programme on the theme ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbukam Ke Liye Yoga’ held at the Garrison Ground in Jabalpur.

    PTI

  • June 21, 2023 10:47
    G20 delegates perform yoga at Raj Bhavan in Goa; Governor, Ministers join in

    G20 delegates from several countries performed yoga ‘asanas’ on the premises of the Raj Bhavan in Goa to mark the International Day of Yoga.

    Goa Governor PS Shreedharan Pillai, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy and Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt joined the delegates in performing the ‘asanas’, hours before the scheduled G20 Tourism Ministerial Meeting.

    Wearing matching t-shirts bearing the G20 logo, ‘GOA’ and ‘Yoga for Harmony & Peace’, delegates from Australia, Germany, Italy and South Korea, as well as several Tourism Ministry officials, performed some of the common yoga protocols under the guidance of an instructor.

    PTI

  • June 21, 2023 10:45
    In Frames | International Day of Yoga 2023

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla joined the celebration on the Parliament House premises while Union Ministers performed yoga exercises in different cities.

    See more photos from across the country here

  • June 21, 2023 10:44
    Yoga mats made by tribal artisans to be promoted this Yoga Day

    Besides spreading awareness about the benefits of yoga and meditation worldwide, this Yoga Day, India will also be promoting the skill of its tribal artisans. The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd (TRIFED) is collaborating with Ministry of Ayush to supply 34,000 yoga mats procured exclusively from tribal artisans across the country. These will bear the distinct designs and motifs representative of their respective communities.

    Read the full story here

  • June 21, 2023 10:43
    PM Modi in U.S. | Narendra Modi arrives in New York; to lead Yoga Day at United Nations

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by the members of Indian diaspora in New York, U.S.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York in the early afternoon of June 20 on his first state visit to the United States. The Prime Minister is scheduled to lead the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations on Wednesday before flying to Washington DC for the core of his state visit.

    Read here

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