Prime Minister Narendra Modi today led millions across the country including a large number of children to participate in the third International Day for Yoga. Despite heavy rains, around 50,000 people gathered at the venue, making it a successful event, so far. "The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Hon'ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014".
"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through yoga", Modi said in his address to a almost 50,000-strong crowd. "Its popularity outside India is high and is connecting the world with us", Modi said.
"I urge everyone to make yoga a part of their lives", he said, adding that he was glad to see several yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Prime Minister further said, "Yoga can help people keep calm....it helps people to maintain a healthy body and mind despite various challenges".
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and cabinet ministers were also be present at the event.
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The premier also said how problems of all magnitude could be tackled with if everyone did yoga for about an hour.
Participants hailed the event as a milestone in bilateral ties.
On his part, His Excellency, Birender Singh Yadav, was full of praise for the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Youth and Sports for committing its full support to encouraging the celebrations and the sports in the country.
Yoga has always been an integral part of the Indian culture. "Its inclusion as World Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO underlines its global significance, benefits for the entire humanity and growing reach", Swaraj said while addressing a gathering of diplomats at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra here on the occasion of 3rd International Day of Yoga.
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But there are many to whom yoga comes to mind when they hear about India.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel joined the nation to celebrate International Yoga Day on June 22.
"People of Lucknow have turned up despite rains.your effort is praiseworthy", he said referring to people taking cover under yoga mats to save themselves from the downpour.
Yoga is an age-old method for staying fit both physically and mentally.
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