Brimming with enthusiasm and energy, crores of people across the globe actively participated in the third International Yoga day which was celebrated on June 21. People came together on various platforms to mark the third International Yoga Day.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed yoga with thousands of people in Lucknow, yoga guru Baba Ramdev and BJP President Amit Shah led the celebrations in Ahmedabad, in Gujarat.
Speaking at the yoga event Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Yoga is a zero cost health insurance scheme. Yoga for health is like a salt in your food. If food is without salt, it will not have taste. But you can’t have it throughout the day. So if we embed Yoga in our lifestyle for a brief period of time every day it will have positive effects”
PM Modi further added, “I request people to make yoga a part of their life. We may not master yoga or become teachers but we should not stop from doing yoga,”
International Yoga Day is being celebrated in nearly 180 nations, including China and UK, which have scheduled events through the week. The United Nations headquarters in New York has been lit up with images of yoga postures.
Meanwhile, performing yoga before a lakh of people in Ahmedabad, Yog Guru Baba Ramdev said, “Everyone should perform Yoga like PM does.”
The Union Health Minister J P Nadda said, “This yoga day let’s pledge to make a new start for a new India by adopting yoga, let’s keep ourselves and our society in good health and spirit”
People from all walks of life celebrated yoga at various platforms. In Ladakh, jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police performed a yoga session at 18,000 feet and a temperature of minus 25 degrees Celsius. Jawans of Indian army performed yoga sessions at Siachen, the world’s highest battle field on the earth, while Indian Navy Jawans performed yoga, on INS Vikramaditya, India’s aircraft carrier and INS Shivalik.
As per government estimate over 200 million people had participated in the event last year, a figure which the government hopes to beat this year.