The World Is Celebrating International Yoga Day & The Pictures Are Stunning

India gears up to celebrate International Yoga Day

Chennai College students with painted faces during an event to commemorate International Day of Yoga 2018

Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors sprouted all over Asia on Thursday, as the fourth annual International Yoga Day got under way.

Every year large number of people participate in Yoga Day events in China since UN General Assembly declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose proposal for the global event won United Nations approval in 2014, will lead the way, performing his asanas with an expected 60,000 others in the northern town of Dehradun. Modi called yoga as the most powerful unifying force in a strife-torn world. The enthusiasm of getting from "illness to wellness" is spreading from the busy streets of the South Korean capital, Seoul, to the foot of Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Speaking at the state-level celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan, a CPM veteran, however lauded the greatness and benefits of yoga.

He said in fact, yoga has become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and wellbeing, which is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world.

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The choice of June 21 was by no means a coincidence. She was the official instructor at the just concluded "Yoga for harmony and peace" programme organised by the High Commission of India In Abuja to mark the 4th International Day of Yoga. Yoga enthusiasts including Diplomats of other countries, Saudi friends, Indian Community members, School children, Media persons etc. participated in the event.

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As millions of yoga enthusiasts stretched and twisted their bodies, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said yoga should not be seen as part of any religious practice.

In Bhubaneswar, a special camp was organized by the Khurda District Patanjali Yoga Samiti on Durga Puja Mandap premises in Nayapalli.Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, who joined as the chief guest at the camp practiced yoga along with hundreds of participants.

"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.

"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.

In Kerala, Vijayan said Yoga can be practised by all, irrespective of caste and religion, adding it should be done with a "free and secular" mind. "This kind of false propaganda will only keep common people away from yoga and reduce its popularity", he said.

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