PM on International Yoga Day

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

Mizoram gave it a miss.

Yoga has been in existence for over 5000 years, with more than 100 different forms in existence.

Nepalese Consul General Revati Podal said it was his third year in row to participate in yoga day here in Jeddah.

However, both the ruling allies - JD (U) and the BJP - sought to downplay Nitish Kumar's absence.

"On 21 June, join Yoga Day celebrations".

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This year, incumbent Governor, Kummanam Rajasekharan, did not take part in the celebration as he was away in Delhi, Raj Bhavan sources said. But, he was conspicuous by his absence at the mega event held at Patliputra sports complex.

It was learnt that no ministers or MLAs attended it. This kind of thing will only aid to make yoga more popular and be accepted by all sections of society. "The practice of Yoga is important for positive thoughts. Would you try to derive a political meaning out of that?"

About 7 million people die each year from breathing polluted air that can lead to heart disease, stroke and lung cancer, the World Health Organization said in a report last month, most of the deaths happening in Asia and Africa.

"We did so today also".

Since the proclamation, the International Day of Yoga has continued to grow in popularity as the profile of the practice continues to rise as more than just an exercise but as a great tool for staying healthy.

Opposition RJD latched on to Nitish Kumar's absence to take a dig at him.

Union minister Mahesh Sharma and other BJP leaders performed yoga asanas in public in Kolkata. In the districts also, it was observed in schools.

"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. People across the country celebrated the day with mass yoga performances. 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.

In Kerala, Vijayan said Yoga can be practised by all, irrespective of caste and religion, adding it should be done with a "free and secular" mind.

Official sources said the only official function on Thursday was organised at the Assam Rifles ground in state capital Aizawl.

The emphasis on these postures and their sequences, such as the famous Sun Salutations, is a recent development, says India specialist Sita Reddy in "Yoga, The Art of Transformation" (2013). He also asserted that Yoga has become one of the unifying forces of the world.

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