June 21 is being observed as International Yoga Day every year, after the United Nations accepted India’s proposal in 2014.
This year, the national event was held at Dehradun’s Forest Research Institute with the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr. Modi highlighted the importance of yoga, a gift from India to the world. ”Yoga has the perfect solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in society. Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern,” he said.
Events were organised across the country, including Rajpath, where as many as 15,000 people took part in a mass yoga session headed by Union Minister Harsh Vardhan.
‘Yoga for handling stress’
Yoga is the best way to deal with stress, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said and expressed happiness that over 75 lakh people across the state joined him in the International Yoga Day celebrations.
Around 750 differently-abled people also joined Rupani in doing exercises based on the ancient Indian discipline here, while women and students performed ‘aqua yoga’ in some other parts of the state.
Rupani attended a yoga day event at the Sardar Patel stadium here this morning and performed various ‘asanas’ (exercises) along with thousands of other enthusiasts.