Thousands join Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

Yoga has now become a bridge between India and China to bring the people of the two countries together, Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale said today as he along with large number of Chinese yoga enthusiasts participated in a colourful yoga event here on the fourth International Yoga Day. From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country.

"The way to lead a calm, creative and content life is yoga".

Millions of people all around the world observe International Yoga Day by attending yoga training sessions, seminars, retreats and workshops to further their knowledge of the ancient practice.

The International Yoga Day (IDY) which is celebrated on June 21 each year, is witnessing a series of celebrations which are being kicked off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with full zeal and enthusiasm.

An instructor for 11 years now, Gingari teaches yoga in clubs and open areas in Abu Dhabi. "India is Yoga's top ambassador", says PM Modi. "This kind of false propaganda will only keep common people away from yoga and reduce its popularity", he said.

Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for future of the world.

"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".

#07:10 AM: Yoga India's top ambassador: "Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving".

Personnel belonging to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police performed yoga at the height of 18,000 feet, while over a thousand navy personnnel are performing asanas on the INS Virat against the view of the Arabian Sea on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

Speculation was rife that Nitish might take part in the celebrations this year following his return to the BJP-led NDA in August last which he had left in 2013.

Organised by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, the theme for this year's celebration of the Day is "Yoga for Peace".

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

"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. "However, after practicing some postures at International Yoga Day at the Indian school, I feel relaxed and am able to speak more freely".

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