International Yoga Day 2017: Demand for Yoga teachers has gone up, practice is being standardized gradually, says PM Narendra Modi

International Yoga Day 2017: PM Narendra Modi is performing the Yogasanas along with 50,000 people gathered at Lucknow's Ambedkar Maidan.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2017 11:59 am
PM Modi addressing people at Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan on International Yoga Day. Photo: PIB

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed people gathered at Lucknow’s Ambedkar Maidan on the occasion of third International Yoga Day and counted the benefits of the ancient practice. The PM said that spread of Yoga around the world has led to a gradual standardisation of the practice. “Earlier Yoga was practiced by people in their own way but now it is being gradually standardized,” he said.

“There was a time when Yoga was only practiced by sages in the Himalyas but now it has become a part of everyday life of people,” he added. The PM also said that the practice has helped in bringing the whole world together. Before PM Modi addressed the gathering, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also gave a speech.

“It is not important to perform yoga for 24 hours. 50 or 60 minutes (is fine) because it lends harmony to the body, mind and intellect. If 1.25 billion Indians and people around the world can attain this state of well-being, then humankind can also tide over problems born out of human thoughts. Just as the importance of salt is not only to lend taste to food, but also ensure well-being of the body, similarly Yoga can have the same importance as salt has in life” the PM said.

PM Modi performing Yoga at Ramabai Ambedkar ground in Lucknow on Wednesday. Photo: PIB

After delivering the address, the PM performed Yoga with 50,000 people gathered at Ramabai Amdedkar grounds. The Yoga day is being celebrated in different parts of the country and around the world. In Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, BJP President Amit Shah and Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev are performing Yoga with people.

The day is also being celebrated in the national capital New Delhi. Thousands have gathered at Connaught Place practice Yoga. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Anil Baijal are present at the venue. Tight security arrangements have been made in the capital and across the country at different venues in wake of the London terror attack.

With agency inputs

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    Chetan More
    Jun 21, 2017 at 9:27 pm
    Yoga is more relevant for those who do not get to do range of body movements or those who do not have enough time and material resources to wallow. The artificial harmony of body and mind created by stretching body and breath cannot match up with harmony created through natural disposition and lifestyle since nature is much more vast than limits of human personality. Yoga is good for health but is too complicated as compared to natural exercises like running, wallowing, and natural range of body movements.
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      BM
      Jun 21, 2017 at 7:15 pm
      There was a news item on BBC TV this afternoon that Yoga which started in India some 5000 years ago is dying art, because of, objection from Muslims, Congress, media and other paid NGOs and many "secular Hindus". Now biggest Yoga centre are in China and USA and it is spreading in Europe very fast. All one can say is shame on Hindus, who are slowly but surely giving in to Muslims and India is inching towards a Islamic country. Google BBC web site.
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        bitterhoney
        Jun 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm
        Dictator ho to Modi jaisa. kiski majal hai jo modi ka hukm na mane.
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          Aadarsh
          Jun 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm
          Modiji, with the ace at which u fake things, can u tell us which asana will help us in making a c h u t i y a of people we meet in everyday life and benefit from them?
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            Aadarsh
            Jun 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm
            Check out fat a s s Amit Shah dance wearing a tambu like kurta with Babaji in Ahmedabad. Hahahahahahahaha. Funniest dance of the year. Yoga cannot heal murderers and extortionists like Amit Shah-a gunda and apparently a party prez. Rofl
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