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International Yoga Day: PM Modi Leads Celebrations In Srinagar, Union Ministers Follow

The aim of the International Day of Yoga is to increase global awareness of the numerous benefits of the ancient practice

International Yoga Day: Here’s How Union Ministers Marked The Occasion

New Delhi: There are exercises, and there is Yoga. India was the first to discover Yoga, twisting and turning its way around it. It was not long before the entire world was hooked. The UN stepped in recently to earmark 21 June as International Yoga Day.

As India celebrates its own legacy on this day, PM Narendra Modi led an event in Srinagar. Emphasizing on this year’s theme, Yoga For Self And Society, he said everyone should make Yoga a part of their routines.

PM Modi also interacted with the Yoga practitioners at the event and posted selfies. He added,

Unparalleled vibrancy here.

More than 7,000 participants gathered to join the PM at the Yoga session.

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President Droupadi Murmu performed a Yoga session at Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark the day. She said yoga has become essential amid the rise in the lifestyle-related problems people are facing in the country. The President further said, “Yoga is a way to physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Let us resolve to adopt yoga as an integral part of our day-to-day living,” the president said in a post on X and shared pictures of her doing yoga.”

Union Health Minister J P Nadda urged citizens to incorporate yoga into their day-to-day lives to yield its benefits. The minister, who performed different asanas at the Yamuna Sports complex on the occasion, said, “Yoga has reached every corner of the world. I got the opportunity to perform yoga with enthusiasts today. Citizens should adopt yoga in their day-to-day life to avail the benefits.”

On the occasion of International Day of Yoga, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar performed yoga with the diplomats in the national capital and said that yoga has been a great bonding point for different cultures when it comes to building international relations.

Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi, BL Verma performed Yoga at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi, along with other participants.

Union Minister HD Kumaraswamy lauded The Prime Minister for showcasing India to the world through Yoga. The Union Minister along with Minister of State Bhupati Raju Srinivas Verma performed yoga on the occasion at an event in BHEL township in Noida. Wishing all fellow Indians on the occasion of International Day of Yoga, Kumaraswamy, in a post on X:

Also Read: Indian Embassy Celebrates International Yoga Day In Washington

Union Minister and state BJP chief G Kishan Reddy, and others participated in a Yoga session at an event in Hyderabad. The celebrations were held at Nizam College Grounds, Basheer Bagh.

Union Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also took part in a Yoga session, on the International Day of Yoga in Delhi.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was seen performing Yoga in Nagpur, Maharashtra on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performed yoga in Mathura Cantonment with the troops. Army Chief Manoj Pande and other senior Army officers also performed yoga with the Minister.

Yoga events were organized in several states and union territories, with chief ministers participating and marking the International Yoga Day.

Also Read: Norway’s Envoy Calls Yoga India’s “Greatest Gift” To The World

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