Yoga regains popularity, becomes latest fad in India

India gears up to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

"Padmasana, ' "chakrasana, ' 'halasana" and many other 'asanas" became a common sight on Thursday as a number of countries celebrated the fourth International Yoga Day with full fervour. Indians should be proud of their traditions and only then will the world be proud of them, the Prime Minister said this, before performing yoga asanas along with thousands of volunteers at the venue in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Prime Minister Modi today told the United Nations a very logical and natural reason behind celebrating Yoga Day on the same day.

"The world has embraced yoga and proof of this can been seen in how the International Yoga Day has been marked", the Prime Minister said, adding that "Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, constant yet evolving".

"The importance of yoga that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced worldwide is highly commendable". "Yoga imparts mental, physical and spiritual discipline to our lifestyle", the LG said. "In a distracted world, yoga helps focus", Modi said in another video released on Twitter this week.

He noted that several modern medical institutes in the U.S. and in Europe have adopted yoga as an alternative treatment for many disorders.

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The Prime Minister participated in the Yoga Day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016 and at the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow in 2017. "Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals", he added.

"The word yoga means to unite". Don't people from RJD and JDU practice Yoga?

Given that India has the world's second-largest population, Modi said the initiatives taken will take some years to show results but he is confident that "tangible results" will soon become visible.

Indian recognition is that yoga is not the name of the action of balancing the body and mind only. AP Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu participated in a special yoga event in Vijayawada. "I had a problem with vision because of which I was not able to see clearly, but now, I am able to see it much better", said Nikesh Jyoti, a teenage yoga demonstrator, who sat in the front row and demonstrated the exercise to the elderly among others. The UN General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day in 2014.

There was also floating yoga on board the Japanese naval ship JS Ise and on the Indian Navy's INS Sahyadri, both taking part in military exercises in the Pacific, the Indian Navy said. Nor is yoga only what you practice in the morning.

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