"We will all live healthier and happier lives if we can incorporate some yoga into our lifestyle". While many powers in the world divide us, yoga unites us.
"Yoga is India's strongest message to the world".
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.
From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country.
The psychiatrist further explained that yoga can be used as a form of therapy for drug addicts because it enhances natural opioids which is a subtle means of easing pain and enhancing euphoria. Official sources told The New Indian Express that there is no practice of celebrating the International Yoga Day in Mizoram as it is a Christian-majority state.
Rami Gingari, a yoga instructor from Sudan, says there has been a noticeable increase in yoga studios in the UAE.
He also urged Indians to take pride in their heritage.
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A series of yoga related events are also being organised across the world to mark the occasion. "It has become a powerful unifying force", he said.
"Considering how life is so fast-paced in Abu Dhabi, just like any other big city in the world, it is no wonder Yoga is being adopted by people of various backgrounds".
"The gems of India's unique heritage, such as yoga, will be respected by the world at large only when we ourselves respect our culture and traditions", he said.
Welcoming the rays of the Sun, people rolled out their yoga mats and performed various asanas. Keeping the security in mind, almost 3,000 security personnel were deployed and around 60 CCTV cameras were installed at the venue. 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.
Asides from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, a condition known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. It is a passport to health assurance, a key to fitness and wellness.
People of all ages can be found practicing yoga in parks all over the country. "Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of Yoga as well", a statement quoting Modi had said.