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The Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri P. Radhakrishnan performing Yoga, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga – 2017, at Madurai on June 21, 2017.(PIB)

International Day of Yoga: PM Kicks Off Mass Yoga at Lucknow

On the occasion of International Day of Yoga on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Prime Minister participated in a mass Yoga demonstration event in Lucknow where thousands of people gathered at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan despite continuous rain in the city.

Addressing them, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his greetings from Lucknow to all those joining the Yoga Day celebrations across India and said Yoga has become a part of many people’s lives today. He said Yoga’s popularity is high even outside India; and Yoga has connected the world with India.

The Prime Minister said he is glad to see several Yoga institutes take shape over the last three years, and noted that the demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. In addition to fitness, wellness is important, the Prime Minister said, adding that Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness. Urging everyone to make Yoga a part of their lives, the Prime Minister said that Yoga is about health assurance, and it is not even expensive to practice.

In New Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee too inaugurated a mass yoga demonstration to commemorate the 3rd International Day of Yoga at Rashtrapati Bhavan and noted that on the initiative of Prime Minister Modi the UN had declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga. This year, the 3rd International Day of Yoga was being observed, he noted.

He said that yoga is an ancient Indian practice which is very useful for curing many diseases and health disorders. It is a holistic approach to physical and mental health and well- being. He welcomed all participants to the mass yoga demonstration and urged them to practice yoga everyday as a fit mind and fit body is the abode of God. Officers, staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan and their family members as well as residents of the President’s Estate participated in large numbers in the mass yoga event.

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