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State celebrates International Yoga Day

28 June 2017

The previous record held by Delhi saw the participation of 35,985 people at Rajpath, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first International Yoda Day in 2016. "Since then the popularity of yoga is increasing across the world rapidly", Shah said.

Modi himself led over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts in performing "asanas" in Lucknow this morning amid showers.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and cabinet ministers were also be present at the event.

He said due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the importance of the traditional form of exercise has been recognised globally.

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga".

MD Rao expressed happiness over the fact that it is being celebrated by the people of more than 170 countries by organizing the activities like yoga training, yoga camps, yoga competitions and so many activities to enhance the awareness about yoga benefits among common public all over the world.

Later, Chief Minister N Biren and Prakash Javadekar flagged off "Run for Yoga" to encourage people to practice Yoga in the State.

Addressing the participants in Lucknow, Modi said yoga, which connects body with mind and intelligence, was on Wednesday playing an important role in connecting the whole world with India.

In his speech earlier, Adityanath thanked Modi for picking Lucknow as his venue for performing yoga on the third IYD.

The Prime Minister said that in the last three years, new yoga institutes have come up and many youths have started taking up yoga as a profession.

The Yoga day was also obsereved at INS Vikramaditya, the largest warship operated by India. "If 1.25 billion Indians and people across the world attain this state of well-being, humankind will be able to tide over problems borne out of human thoughts", he said.

He also announced to make the celebration of International Yoga Day in the state as state government sponsored event from next year.

State celebrates International Yoga Day