Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 2018 International Day of Yoga celebrations in Dehradun (Photo/ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 2018 International Day of Yoga celebrations in Dehradun (Photo/ANI)

PM Modi appreciates as the world gathers to celebrate yoga

ANI | Updated: Jun 16, 2019 22:50 IST

New Delhi [India], Jun 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday noted the efforts being undertaken by Indian missions across the world in the run-up to the International Day of Yoga which will be celebrated on June 21.
"Across all continents, the #YogaDay2019 celebrations have begun with immense fervour. I urge you all to join the Yoga Day programmes in your respective nations and enrich the Yoga programmes with your participation," Modi tweeted.

Replying to most tweets put out by Indian missions in different parts of the world regarding Yoga Day celebrations, the Prime Minister urged people to adopt a healthier lifestyle by taking to the discipline.
"Among the most beautiful aspects of Yoga is that it is easy to practice and convenient too. All you need is some empty space and a mat! People across all age groups can practice it. Glad that South Africa is marking #YogaDay2019 with enthusiasm," the leader tweeted.

"India and Indonesia enjoy long-standing civilisational ties. The fervour towards Yoga is heartening to note. Yoga is a passport to better health and a stronger mind. #YogaDay2019," he also stated.

"Paris is a city associated with culture and tradition. Happy to see Yoga find the place of pride and people practising Yoga near the iconic Eiffel Tower. #YogaDay2019," the leader further tweeted.

International Yoga Day was started after Modi, in 2104, suggested it in his speech at the UN General Assembly. The members of the Assembly chose June 21 to mark the day as it is the longest day of the year.
The Central government and other organisations mark this day each year with multiple events and guests from across the globe.
Gearing up for the festivities, the Prime Minister has been posting animated videos of himself in instructional yoga videos on Twitter. The latest video on June 16 shows Modi's animated avatar performing the Bhujangasana or the cobra pose.
He will be leading the main event of the fifth International Yoga Day in Ranchi, in which over 30,000 people are expected to participate.
Several Indian Embassies in countries like Russia, Nepal, France, amongst others, have already started festivities leading up to the International Day of Yoga on June 21. (ANI)