yoga and this number is increasing at an average of five percent every year", he said. If we take up yoga everyday, we will be calm, peaceful and spiritual.

The celebrations began with the screening of a video message of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President M Abdul Hamid.

"Yoga has now become a vital holistic fitness regime for all", said Jaya Raman, a corporate executive base in Gurgaon.


Modi's speech set the mood for a 45-minute yoga session, awaited in much expectancy by the participants who had all been given yoga mats and informed to retain them as souvenirs of the day and hopefully to use on a regular basis.

However in its present-day use, yoga is often no more than a form of exercise, Michael says. This day is a reminder of how yoga started more as a spiritual ritual and is now a routine nearly every individual follows.

Consul-General Vipul said: "For the last three years, we have been celebrating International Yoga Day with great enthusiasm just as today".

Wearing a white t-shirt and a pair of white pants, Mr Modi performed breathing exercises and asanas along with thousands of other yoga enthusiasts who performed the same on saffron yoga mats.


Even at the World Economic Forum in Davos early this year, Modi took a team of yoga experts who conducted meditative and sweat-out sessions for top company leaders from all over the world. Instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates.

"Designed to help individuals build self-realisation, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation, (yoga) is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion", UNESCO added in a tweet.

The Yoga Day will be celebrated in Hungary's 21 cities from June 22-24. The event that saw the participation of 200 people including Acting Nepali Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri, was co-organized by the Patanjali Yog Peeth and the Indian Mission to Nepal.

Yoga is an art which connects our soul, mind and body.


Modi portrays himself as a keen yoga practitioner, last week posting on Twitter his morning routine involving plodding around a tree and flexing over a boulder.

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