International Yoga Day 2018: All you need to know

Phillip Cunningham
June 22, 2018

Relay of Yoga demonstration, conducted in Dehradun, India which was led by Hon'ble Prime Minister was also screened during the programme.

"Instead of dividing, Yoga unites". It gives peace to an individual.

The psychiatrist further explained that yoga can be used as a form of therapy for drug addicts because it enhances natural opioids which is a subtle means of easing pain and enhancing euphoria.

The Indian navy also released pictures of sailors doing yoga on board the world's oldest aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, decommissioned past year.

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

#07:10 AM: Yoga India's top ambassador: "Yoga is lovely because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving". Dehradun se Dublin tak, Shanghai se Chicago tak, Jakarta se Johannesburg tak, Yoga hi Yoga hai (From Dehradun to Dublin, Sanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, there is Yoga all around). "We are blessed to have gathered on this occasion on a land which has been the centre of yoga and Ayurveda for ages and attracted the likes of Adi Guru Shankaracharya and Swami Vivekananda".

Union minister Mahesh Sharma and other BJP leaders performed yoga asanas in public in Kolkata.

"It shows how yoga is spread widely in China".

In India, more than 50,000 people joined Modi in performing yoga in the lawns of Dehradun's Forest Research Institute, in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand.

"Yoga is India's strongest message to the world". "It is unique for its type of relaxation in cajoling the mind to focus, more like a form of retracting to self".

Various ministers led the Yoga sessions in different cities across India to mark the day, officials said.

In West Bengal, neither chief minister Banerjee nor any of her ministers participated in any yoga session anywhere in the state.

In Bhubaneswar, a special camp was organized by the Khurda District Patanjali Yoga Samiti on Durga Puja Mandap premises in Nayapalli.Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, who joined as the chief guest at the camp practiced yoga along with hundreds of participants.

It is born of an "awareness of the unsatisfactory character of the human condition", says India specialist Tara Michael, author of the book "Yoga" published in France in 1980. Yoga enthusiasts including Diplomats of other countries, Saudi friends, Indian Community members, School children, Media persons etc. participated in the event.

UNESCO added yoga to its list of intangible cultural heritage in 2016 in recognition of its influence on Indian society, "from health and medicine to education and the arts".

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