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‘From Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, yoga’s everywhere’, says PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, June 21: “From Dehradun to Dublin, from Shanghai to Chicago, from Jakarta to Johannesburg, yoga is everywhere,” declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the occasion of the 4th International Yoga Day.

Even as the PM spoke, people were celebrating the day with mass yoga performances everywhere, from beaches to mountain tops – even at 19,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayas like the ITBP ‘Himveers’ in Ladakh. Not just India, countries around the world are celebrating today as International Yoga Day. And that, said the PM, is a matter of pride for the country.

“It’s a proud moment for everyone that today, wherever in the world the sun rises people welcome its warmth and brightness with yoga. From Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, and Jakarta to Johannesburg, yoga is everywhere,” said PM Modi, at a yoga event at picturesque Dehradun’s Forest Research Institute.

This “biggest mass moment” has shown the world the path from ill health to well-being, said Modi. As well, this “ancient yet modern” discipline gives hope for the future of humankind, he said.

“Instead of dividing, yoga unites. Instead of furthering animosity, yoga assimilates. Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals,” said Modi, explaining how the discipline can lead to a calm, creative and content life.

Along with the Prime Minister, around 50,000 yoga enthusiasts kick-started International Yoga Day celebrations in Dehradun.

The first International Yoga Day was observed all over the world on June 21, 2015, when more than 30,000 people, including PM Modi, performed yoga asanas at Rajpath in New Delhi.

The idea of International Yoga Day was first proposed by the PM during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014. He also suggested June 21 be observed as International Yoga Day all over the world, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

As PM Modi reminded the country today, “the proposal for yoga at the UN was supported in one voice by a majority of countries.”

Source Times of India

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