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India Leads World In Mass Yoga Practices On International Yoga Day

'Yoga has connected the world with India.'

From the deck of an aircraft carrier to the sub-zero temperatures of a Himalayan military outpost, tens of thousands of Indians joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to celebrate the third International Yoga Day.

Yoga enthusiasts take part in a yoga session during the 3rd International Yoga Day at SMS stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Yoga enthusiasts take part in a yoga session during the 3rd International Yoga Day at SMS stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. 

Rains failed to dampen the spirits of about 50,000 people who joined in an outdoor yoga session with the prime minister in a park in Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Women practice yoga at a lotus pond in Tiande Lake on International Yoga Day in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province of China.
Women practice yoga at a lotus pond in Tiande Lake on International Yoga Day in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province of China.

“Yoga has connected the world with India,” Modi, looking relaxed in white track pants and blue-collared T-shirt, told a cheering crowd.

“Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice,” he added.

Enthusiasts braving the rain at Ramabai Ambedkar Park on the International Yoga Day being attended by PM Narendra Modi. 
Enthusiasts braving the rain at Ramabai Ambedkar Park on the International Yoga Day being attended by PM Narendra Modi. 

The Modi’s official Twitter handle, which has more than 30 million followers, has posted pictures of mass yoga sessions in China, Colombia, the United States, Paraguay, Mexico, Italy, Singapore and atop Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca citadel in Peru.

Yoga fans practise yoga during an event marking the International Yoga Day in Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province.
Yoga fans practise yoga during an event marking the International Yoga Day in Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province.

 

Social media was flooded with pictures of yoga, the country’s signature cultural export, being performed in various places including an Indian Navy submarine and the landing deck of an aircraft carrier.

Indian celebrity yoga instructor Simran Ahuja poses for a photograph during an event to mark International Yoga Day in Hydera
Indian celebrity yoga instructor Simran Ahuja poses for a photograph during an event to mark International Yoga Day in Hyderabad.

“It is not only the world’s longest serving aircraft carrier but also the world’s longest-serving warship. I think the ship must have done lots of pranayaams to be sustaining for so long,” top naval officer Puneet Chadha told a TV channel, referring to a yogic breathing technique.

Indian yoga practitioners participate in a mass yoga session on International Yoga Day in New Delhi.
Indian yoga practitioners participate in a mass yoga session on International Yoga Day in New Delhi.

 

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee held a yoga session at the presidential palace and several members of Modi’s cabinet joined similar events across the country.

On the eve of World Yoga Day Mumbai's Dabawala celebrated by doing yoga exercises at Versova beach. 
On the eve of World Yoga Day Mumbai's Dabawala celebrated by doing yoga exercises at Versova beach. 

Modi pushed for the annual event to be celebrated worldwide after winning power in 2014, promoting a lifestyle industry that has grown up around the ancient physical and spiritual discipline and is estimated to be worth around $80 billion.

Members of India's National Cadet Corps (NCC) take part in a mass yoga session to mark International Yoga Day on The Brigade
Members of India's National Cadet Corps (NCC) take part in a mass yoga session to mark International Yoga Day on The Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata.
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