International Day of Yoga!

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the second International Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh on Tuesday. PM Modi addressed thousands of people gathered for asanas at Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex. Over 30, 000 people, including 100 differently-abled children, participated in the event, which began at 6.30am. The theme of this year’s event is to ‘Connect the Youth’.

Here are the highlights from the PM’s address on Yoga Day:

  • Yoga talks about what you will get in this life. It is not a science of afterlife
  • This is a day linked with good health and now it has become a people’s mass movement
  • The way mobile phone has become a part of life, you can make yoga a part of your life too
  • The UN is celebrating International Yoga Day all over the world. It was started last year on India’s request. This day was picked as it is the longest day and the Earth is closest to the Sun
  • I really feel some people don’t fully understand the power and benefits of Yoga
  • The world supported the idea of International Day of Yoga. All sections of society came together in this endeavour
  • This is a day linked with good health and now it has become a people’s mass movement
  • Yoga is not about what one will get, it is about what one can give up
  • With zero budget, yoga provides health assurance. Yoga does not discriminate between rich and poor
  • Important to integrate yoga with our lives. Do not wait, make yoga a part of your life
  • Let’s make yoga more popular globally. Let India produce good yoga teachers
  • Let’s focus on one thing in the coming days, how to mitigate diabetes through yoga. Diabetes can surely be controlled through yoga
  • Today on the second International Yoga Day, on behalf of the Indian Govt, I am announcing 2 awards. Next year, on this day these awards will be given on behalf of India: (a) Best contribution to yoga internationally (b) Best contribution to yoga within India

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Disclaimer: All photos of Honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi ji participating in International Day of Yoga (21-Jun-16) has been sourced from the Official Twitter Account of Press Information Bureau (www.twitter.com/PIB_India)

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