Indian ambassador practices Yoga to spread awareness on International Day of Yoga

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Interestingly, the celebrations of International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 which were being conducted in Lucknow were interrupted by heavy rainfall, but the spirit of the people to perform Yoga could not be washed away as a large number of people joined in the celebrations all over the country.

Times of Oman's TFM is the official media partner for the event that will be held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat at 7.15 pm today.

"In a world suffering from mental stress, yoga promises calm". Addressing the large gathering in the backdrop of the iconic British-era building of FRI, Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe.

India's Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, told Al Arabiya English that the efforts to promote yoga are definitely a long-term endeavor.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led an estimated 50,000 enthusiasts performing asanas during the 4th International Yoga day celebrations at the picturesque Forest Research Institute in Dehradun.

Echoing a similar theme, Sri Lanka Consul General Abdul Wahid Abdul Salam said, "I have learned yoga five years back in Bangalore in India by staying in an ashram".

Nitish Kumar, who himself is a regular yoga practitioner and is said to have learnt the ancient practice from noted exponents at the renowned Bihar School of Yoga at Munger, has been critical of the mass yoga drill organized on June 21 every year since 2015.

"Yoga is India's strongest message to the world".

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Speculation was rife that Nitish might take part in the celebrations this year following his return to the BJP-led NDA in August last which he had left in 2013.

"There are many BJP leaders who could not make it to the function".

"Yoga should be a 365-day affair and should be practiced for a healthy living", stated Sudhansu Adhikari, Odisha chief of the Patanjali Yoga Samiti. He said that Yoga is healing people instead of increasing their sufferings. "Arabic Fusion Yoga is now a popular addition", she said.

He said the proposal for a International Day for Yoga at the UN was accepted in record time with a majority of nations supporting it. "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving", he said.

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Let's take a look at how the world is marking the occasion. Yoga's popularity and acceptability is spreading around the world cutting across the continents and religious lines. "Yoga contributes not only to physical fitness but also to mind fitness, it has nothing to do with any religion or region", he added.