International Yoga Day 2018: 10 Facts To Know About The Spiritual Exercise

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

#07:40 AM: Yoga is an art of living, says UNESCO: "Yoga is an art of living, a way of being, it is about finding one's true Self & connecting with it".

Rajasthan today witnessed a world record by conducing the largest yoga session to mark the International Yoga Day at Kota where over one lakh people together performed yogic exercises. Addressing the large gathering in the backdrop of the iconic British-era building of FRI, Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe.

"When disintegrating forces gain prominence it is yoga that unites, creates amity in societies, which forms the basis of national unity and unity among nations, and finally leads to universal peace and brotherhood". In Yoga, we have the flawless solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society. It has the best of our past and presents and a ray of hope for our future.

"From Tokyo to Toronto, from Stockholm to Sao Paulo, Yoga has become a positive influence in the lives of millions", Modi told participants on the lush green lawns. "Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates".

It is hard to say just how many people practise yoga around the world today, although some estimate it could be up to around 200 to 300 million. Yoga camps were also held in Cuttack, Rourkela, Balasore, Konark, Bolangir, Jeypore and Bhadrak.

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For the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018, the AYUSH Ministry is all set to organise a tour for the overseas Yoga professionals to the "Yoga's birthplace" that is the southern state of Kerala. "It has become a powerful unifying force", he said.

This is being done as a part of the different kinds of programmes which are being organised and will be done in the context of the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 celebrations.Known as the Yoga Ambassadors Tour, the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 tour is a 10-day tour which is being organised to Kerala with the explicit support that is being extended by the Kerala Tourism as well as the Association of Tourism Trade Organisations India (ATTOI). Almost 3,000 personnel have been deployed for security. The campus was under CCTV camera surveillance.

Welcoming the rays of the Sun, people rolled out their yoga mats and performed various asanas.

But this doesn't bother the spiritual head of the biggest ashram or retreat in Rishikesh, the Indian city on the banks of the holy Ganges river considered the world yoga capital. The prime minister had earlier participated in yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016, and the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow in 2017. Past year he participated at an event at the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow.

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