Thousands join Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dehradun is leading thousands of volunteers to perform yoga asanas to mark the fourth International Yoga Day. Yoga enthusiasts including Diplomats of other countries, Saudi friends, Indian Community members, School children, Media persons etc. participated in the event. Thanks to the efforts of Nouf Marwaai, yoga has been popularized here.

His book "Raja Yoga" lays the foundations for a modern and global yoga. Modi's critics say the hype around yoga is nothing but a smokescreen to deflect attention from critical issues like the rise in tension in J&K and governance lapses. "I hope that Yoga can become binding force for the world", he said. As awareness about the need for a healthy lifestyle increases, youngsters as well as senior citizens are keen on following yoga.

"Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world", the PM said.

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Sharing his opinion upon yoga, South Korean Consul General Lee Sang-Kyoun said, "Yoga is practiced by many people in Korea which is good for health and mind". Nor is Yoga only what you practice in the morning.

Yoga was also performed on board the Japanese naval ship JS Ise and on the Indian Navy's INS Sahyadri taking part in military exercises in the western Pacific, the Indian Navy said.

In Mumbai, Vice President M Venkiah Naidu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavais attended a yoga event hosted by the BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar, and Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal also tweeted pictures from a yoga session he attended in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

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He said yoga offers a solution to ailments and practising it helps combat stress and find peace. Thereafter, A Mass yoga practice session was conducted under the supervision of a Yoga Guru from Arab Yoga Foundation that included an overview of the benefits of yoga, demonstration of the important Asanas and postures.

The word "yoga" has its origins in the ancient Sanskrit language and means "to attach, join, harness, yoke".

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