India Celebrates the Third International Yoga Day -2017 Today

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"It brings brotherhood in the entire world", he added.

In India, social media was flooded with pictures of yoga being performed in various places including an Indian Navy submarine and the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Putting emphasis on wellness apart from physical fitness Modi said that Yoga is helpful for achieving wellness.

There are now 10,800 yoga schools in China and one India-China Yoga College at Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming, with the practice gaining in popularity.

The Indian missions around the world will hold yoga sessions to propogate the benifts of yoga, which is believed to have started in India some 5,000 years back. "Heads of states, heads of governments, senior dignitaries and celebrities have graced these events", the minister noted.

In the southern city of Bangalore 98-year-old American Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world's oldest yoga teacher according to Guinness World Records, led a mass session.

The International Yoga Day was also celebrated at Khuman Lampak Ball Bhavan where Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Y Khemchand Singh took part. "It was the first rain of the season and doing yoga amid shower was a new experience", she said.

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According to experts, regular yoga practice helps keep the body and mind healthy and in harmony.

Yoga, he stressed, has the power of health insurance at zero cost.

Hundreds of officers were deployed at the national stadium, where the three-hour event was held, after Hefazat-e-Islam said yoga was un-Islamic.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, speaking at the venue ahead of Prime Minister Modi, thanked the volunteers for their participation.

The United Nations on December 11, 2014 had declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, having recognised its universal appeal.

He lauded the citizens and yoga enthusiasts in Lucknow for coming in large numbers braving incessant rains.

"Yoga is an ancient Indian practice and all ancient scriptures including the Vedas have accepted the importance of yoga".

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