International Yoga Day: Modi kicks off global event, Pakistan joins in

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Owing to heavy rains and waterlogging at the venue, Modi jokingly told the large gathering - where people used the yoga mats to shield themselves - that he had now learnt the benefits of the yoga mat as well. Modi conveyed his greetings to all the people joining the global yoga day celebration all over India and thanked the UP government foe hosting the celebration at such large scale in spite of heavy rainfall. The United Nations announced the first Yoga Day on June 21,2014. Prominent personalities like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Baba Ramdev actively participates in the Yoga Events in order to bring awareness to people regarding the maintenance of sound health. He also expressed his gratitude to those who waited hours in the rain to perform yoga with the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, Indian Navy officers also performed Yoga with great zest in confined spaces onboard a Submarine on this occasion.

Many Union ministers led the International Yoga Day celebrations in different parts of the country.

Once his address was complete, the Prime Minister surprised everybody by descending on the ground to join the students waiting to perform yoga.

On his part, His Excellency, Birender Singh Yadav, was full of praise for the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Youth and Sports for committing its full support to encouraging the celebrations and the sports in the country.

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These events are open for public and there are no charges for participation.

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition or culture are now connecting to India through yoga. Similarly, Yoga was born in India, it was given by our rishis and munis, but its transformations and teachings are for all", Sadhvi added.

Scores of young and old attended the International Yoga Day and practiced yoga lessons.

It was in 2014 that the United Nations adopted June 21 to be designated as the International Day for Yoga.

Yoga is increasingly becoming popular among the Chinese, many of whom for long believed the physical discipline to have originated from the US.

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