The international day for yoga is celebrated annually since its inception in 2015. An International day for Yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014.
This year Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow. The entire world has been equally thrilled and pumped up to observe the occasion, taking a pledging to keep their body, mind and soul fit.
The age-old Indian practice has brought people from different culture and countries together and this could be clearly seen from the zeal and enthusiasm with which the people across the globe are practicing yoga.
Prime Minister Modi while addressing the gathering on this day in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow said that Yoga has become an integral part of every Indian household.
Conveying his greetings to all those who joined the Yoga Day 2017 celebrations across India and the world, Prime Minister Modi said Yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India.
“I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. Apart from fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Even as rain played a bit of a spoilsport in many places like Lucknow and Delhi, the nation gathered in large numbers at various parks and public places across the country today to mark the third International Day of Yoga brimming with excitement and energy.
Dressed in white t-shirts and trousers, people stretched and twisted themselves with joy in various postures at Yoga events held across the nation.
Taking to the social media, Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal asked people to devote themselves to Yoga for a healthy body and mind.
Joining the nation in celebrating the third edition of International Yoga Day, the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force on Wednesday performed yoga at nearly 18000 feet above the sea level in Ladakh at biting -25?Celsius.
The ITBP personnel also celebrated yoga at various locations across India, including Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu, Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon District, Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district.
Observing the third edition of International Yoga Day, the Navy personnel performed Yoga onboard Indian Naval Ship (INS) Jalashwa and Kirch in the Bay of Bengal.