The first International Day of Yoga is taking place around the world today.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline that originated in India. June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. The declaration of this day came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
Countries around the world are marking the occasion today. Around 30,000 people are expected to perform yoga at Times Square in New York. Thousands of people dressed in white sat on yellow mats under the Eiffel Tower, and similar events were held around the world, including in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Beijing, Taipei and Manila.
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