Prime Minister's address on 4th International Yoga Day

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

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. Ever since then, the Yoga Day is a low-key affair in the state. In India, the yoga day was celebrated with much fervour and excitement. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn't belong to India alone.

"We will all live healthier and happier lives if we can incorporate some yoga into our lifestyle". "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving", he added.

Taking to Twitter, Rathore highlighted as to how yoga brings multiple benefits to its practitioners by taking care of their physical, mental and spiritual health.

Mr. Modi said the way to lead a calm, creative and content life was yoga. 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.

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Last year, the main function was held in Lucknow.

And they can also be found stretching on their yoga mats all over the world. In her message, she said that yoga practice helps people connect with nature, ensuring their happiness. "As of now, nearly 90 percent of it caters to women. It unites individuals, families, society, country and the world", he said.

An instructor for 11 years now, Gingari teaches yoga in clubs and open areas in Abu Dhabi. Modi said India should be proud to be the "guardians of the great practice".

Rola al-Ghoul, a Jordanian yoga instructor, shared the story behind her introduction to yoga, which happened in 2014 as treatment for a lower back injury.

Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for future of the world.

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Yet, it is largely unorganised and fragmented unlike in the U.S., where organised players like YogaWorks, CorePowerYoga, Bikram Yoga, have helped the industry get over $10 billion.

"Many of our valued patients are from the UAE and the GCC and this event is a flawless opportunity to introduce yoga to the local community in a way that is educational and fun at the same time", says Saba. "Arabic Fusion Yoga is now a popular addition", she said.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the country-wide celebrations in Dehradun, where around 50,000 enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute campus stretched an extra muscle in various yogic asanas.

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