Yoga has inspired people across the world

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Yoga asanas were the order of the day on Thursday as events marking the fourth International Yoga Day were organised in many countries around the world. From soldiers striking yoga poses in the Himalayan snow to religious leaders standing on their heads, the global event offered several picture-worthy moments.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Yoga Day celebrations at Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, where he performed asanas with an estimated 50,000 people. He said yoga is inspiring people everywhere “from Dehradun to Dublin and Jakarta to Johannesburg”.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga on International Yoga Day in Dehradun in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer – RC16090F5620

“Yoga Day has become one of the mass movements for good health and well-being,” Modi said at the event. He asserted that yoga was the “perfect solution” to all the problems people face every day. “Yoga binds together a person’s body, brain and soul, hence making one experience a feeling of peace,” Modi added.

School children sit as they form the word “Yoga Day” on the International Yoga Day in Chennai, India, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/P.Ravikumar – RC112AF09130
Revellers practice yoga before sunrise as they welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville – RC1D5105FA60

In 2015, the central government held Yoga Day celebrations for the first time on June 21. India had proposed naming the day International Yoga Day at the United Nations, which was taken up by 177 nations.

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