Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
So its 3rd international yoga day was celebrated in all over the world.
The United Nations declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day on December 11, 2014. It is a worldwide event celebrated by the people of all countries through practicing yoga, meditation, debates, meetings, discussions, variety of cultural performances, etc. The first International Yoga Day function held on June 21, 2015, at Rajpath in the national capital witnessed Narendra Modi performing Yoga along with over 200 million people across the country and over 37,000 people in Delhi alone.
The second edition was held in Chandigarh with the participation of over 30,000 people in the presence of the Prime Minister.
Now today India holds the third edition of International Yoga Day on Wednesday with our Prime Minister Narendar Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi adityanath performing yoga along with 51,000 participants in Lucknow.
Besides the Yoga enthusiasts, several dignitaries, politicians and bureaucrats will gather at Lucknow’s Ramabhai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal, where the Yoga rehearsals have been going on for over a month now.
On the occasion of yoga divas our Prime Minister said yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India. “I am glad to see several yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing,” he said at the event.
Thousands of people joined ministers and political leaders across the world to perform yoga. Mammoth gathering at the United Nations marked the exponential growth in their awareness of yoga, said India’s permanent representative at the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin.