India set to celebrate Int'l Yoga Day

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Twenty young yoga ambassadors from India, 10 girls and 10 boys under 30 years of age selected by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, are touring China and holding workshops in the lead up to yoga day in an effort to demonstrate authentic yoga techniques, in a country where there is wide popularity for yoga but also a dearth of trained teachers.

Held after the day itself, on July 2, if successful the event will make it into the Malaysia Guinness Book of Records, and will beat the current record of 5,000 participants set at the 2016 event.

The local government in Uttar Pradesh have made massive security arrangements in view of Modi's visit to the capital city - Lucknow.

Rehearsals have been going on at the venue for over a month now.

The event is a cultural milestone, marking the first time yoga has been performed atop the Great Wall by a joint Indian and Chinese group of yogis, the embassy said in a statement.

Preparation for the celebration of Yoga Day 2017 has already taken off within several countries in the last few days.

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Delhi will hold such events at seven places. Also, a 60 second Television commercial promoting India as a land of Yoga has been developed.

According to the state-run TV Doordarshan, the celebrations were also held at Wenzhou in eastern China, the Asia Society in China's Hong Kong, Indonesia's Jakarta and Chile's Santiago.

Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Harshvardhan has launched "Celebrating Yoga" -a mobile app developed by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology here in New Delhi.

Reddy, who expressed joy over the level of adoption of yoga as a means of developing the soul, mind body and intellect of the individual by most Nigerians, said the practice, if properly deployed can help address certain prevalent health challenges particularly those related to stress.

On Sunday, India's yoga guru Baba Ramdev kickstarted celebrations for the annual International Yoga Day in Ahemdabad.

India today faces a shortage of about three lakh yoga instructors as against the requirement of over five lakh yoga practitioners, says the ASSOCHAM paper released coinciding with the "International Yoga Day" on June 21.

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