Yoga Takes Over the World on Second International Day of Yoga – India Real Time – WSJ

A year after the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated the world over, yoga enthusiasts were back again Tuesday morning lunging forward, raising and stretching their arms, and slowly inhaling and exhaling.

The day was introduced when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to dedicate 24 hours to the ancient discipline in September 2013.This year, Mr. Modi joined thousands of people in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh as they pulled their mats out for a massive demonstration. World over, 173 countries will celebrate the discipline Tuesday.

“We are disconnected from ourselves in today’s times. Yoga helps us reconnect with ourselves,” Mr. Modi said, addressing participants at his event.

On Monday, Mr. Modi also released a set of commermorative postal stamps showing the various steps of the “surya namaskar,” or sun salutation.In India’s capital city, President Pranab Mukherjee conducted a Yoga class at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, his residence-cum-office located in the heart of Delhi.

Images of different Yoga postures were displayed at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York in the build up to Yoga Day.

“Practicing yoga can help raise awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbours,” said Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General.

Source: In Pictures: Yoga Takes Over the World on Second International Day of Yoga – India Real Time – WSJ

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4 Comments to “Yoga Takes Over the World on Second International Day of Yoga – India Real Time – WSJ”

  1. Yoga Takes Over the World on Second International Day of Yoga – India Real Time

    Yes, I read this with interest. So Mr Modi has made his mark on ‘Yoga World’. This is an achievement.

    However, with regards to the yoga postures and “Surya Namaskar”(i. e.Sun Salutation) mentioned above, I have fond memories of yoga classes that I attended during my school days in India.

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