The first International Day of Yoga was observed all over the world on June 21, 2015, where more than 30,000 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, performed yoga asanas at Rajpath in New Delhi.
Modi, an ardent Hindu nationalist, traveled to the hill town of Dehradun for the fourth International Day of Yoga, and shortly after sunrise was doing yoga exercises with about 50,000 people. Practicing yoga regularly keeps oneself calm, mood swings and fatigue would be balanced and the quality of life will be significantly improved. "So now the world knows the power of yoga", participant Sidharth Singh, 23, told AFP. "It has become an occasion of initiation for millions inspired by the spirit of yoga, they commit themselves to its pursuit", he said.
He noted that several modern medical institutes in the USA and in Europe have adopted yoga as an alternative treatment for many disorders.
Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik meanwhile created a special sand sculpture with the message "Yoga for Peace and Harmony" on a beach in the eastern city of Puri.
President Ram Nath Kovind performed Yoga asanas along with his Suriname counterpart Desi Bouterse in the Latin American country.
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Even at the World Economic Forum in Davos early this year, Modi took a team of yoga experts who conducted meditative and sweat-out sessions for top company leaders from all over the world.
The word yoga originates from Yuja, a Sanskrit word which means, "to join or to unite", symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
The growing popularity of yoga across the globe had brought India closer to the world and this position is going to get strengthened in times to come, he said. Instead of increasing sufferings, Yoga heals'. Actually, June 21 is the longest day in the Northern Goddard.
Indian recognition is that yoga is not the name of the action of balancing the body and mind only.
"The gems of India's unique heritage such as yoga will be respected by the world at large only when we ourselves respect our culture and traditions, and take part in our legacy and heritage", he said. Breath is the most attractive gift and yoga makes people realize that. The thousands of years old yoga described in the Indian Vedas is making people's health healthy in the world today. Nor is yoga only what you practice in the morning.