Yoga Day 2018 celebrated all over the world

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Yoga Day 2018 celebrated all over the world

Initiated with a proposition by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, June 21 was proclaimed International Yoga Day by the United Nations on December 11, 2014.

People gathered at a sprawling forest research institute - snakes and monkeys were removed in advance - before dawn for the communal session involving the yoga-mad premier, an AFP reporter at the scene said. He also highlighted the fact that Indian government has honored Nouf Marwaai, the first Saudi woman and certified yoga instructor, with the Padma Sri, one of the highest civilian awards of India for propagating yoga in the Kingdom.

Well, the celebrations were not restrained to India only, Eastern naval command staff performed Yoga o board INS Jyothi in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who participated in a yoga event in Lucknow, emphasised on Modi's role in popularising yoga around the world.

"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.

"Yoga is not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit".

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

"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 a world of excess, yoga promises restraint and balance.

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

In India, the yoga day was celebrated with much fervour and excitement.

"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". "It can show the way in defeating tensions and mindless anxiety", Modi said on Twitter.

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