The theme of International Yoga Day 2018: Yoga for peace

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

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.

He said the way to lead a calm, creative and content life was Yoga.

In Mumbai for the Yoga Day celebrations, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said that he want it to become a people's movement because it is not political or religious.

Sheikh said the Indian Consulate has been in the forefront in promoting yoga in Kingdom for the last three years.

It gained further momentum with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to adopt a special day to celebrate yoga internationally.

Speaking at the state-level celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan, a CPM veteran, however lauded the greatness and benefits of yoga. As awareness about the need for a healthy lifestyle increases, youngsters as well as senior citizens are keen on following yoga. "This kind of false propaganda will only keep common people away from yoga and reduce its popularity", he said.

"Considering how life is so fast-paced in Abu Dhabi, just like any other big city in the world, it is no wonder Yoga is being adopted by people of various backgrounds". "Yoga should be a general recommendation as part of the rehabilitation therapy for drug addicts who seek a high by consuming risky substances, a high that yoga can give them by enhancing euphoric hormones", she said.

Several Saudi, Arab and other nationals, as well as volunteers belonging to Saudi and Arab Yoga Foundation participated in the event by performing yoga asanas (postures).

"I would say tens of thousands took part in China". This kind of thing will only aid to make yoga more popular and be accepted by all sections of society.

The yoga session lasted around 30 minutes during which he performed different asanas, including pranayama and breathing exercises.

"Today people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them", Modi said.

Troops guarding the world's highest battleground on the Siachen glacier, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, did yoga routines at an altitude of around 18,000 feet (5,486 m).

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.

In Kerala, Vijayan said Yoga can be practised by all, irrespective of caste and religion, adding it should be done with a "free and secular" mind.

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