International Yoga Day 2018: 10 Facts To Know About The Spiritual Exercise

India gears up to celebrate International Yoga Day

#07:10 AM: Yoga India's top ambassador: "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving".

Yoga was also performed on board the Japanese naval ship JS Ise and on the Indian Navy's INS Sahyadri taking part in military exercises in the western Pacific, the Indian Navy said.

This is the notion underpinning the discipline, according to French historian Bernard Sergent, which is to join the intellect of the one practising with the "universal soul".

"Yoga fosters amity in societies, which can form the basis of national unity", the Prime Minister said.

Mr. Modi said the way to lead a calm, creative and content life was yoga.

The practice emerged as a way of transcending this suffering. "Yoga also helps in relief from stress due to the changing lifestyles", Naidu said.

India's Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, told Al Arabiya English that the efforts to promote yoga are definitely a long-term endeavor. Incidentally, there was no separate yoga corner made for the PM.

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"Yoga should be a 365-day affair and should be practiced for a healthy living", stated Sudhansu Adhikari, Odisha chief of the Patanjali Yoga Samiti.

In the first half of the 20th century, Western texts began to detail yoga postures, also known as "asanas". Modi said India should be proud to be the "guardians of the great practice".

"We have developed a program that is a combination of simple yoga asanas and mudras with emphasis on breathing, supported by Arabic rhythmic movements - something for all age groups and fitness levels to experience and enjoy".

Today there are many techniques popular around the world, including the classic Hatha; Ashtanga's series of sequences; Iyengar, which uses props; and Bikram, practised in a heated and humid room.

"Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, Yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world", said the PM. It can show the way in defeating tensions and mindless anxiety.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led the celebrations of International Yoga Day 2018 at Forest Reserve Institute (FRI) in Uttarakhand's Dehradun and said that yoga does not divide, instead unite.

In Tokyo, around 80 people - mainly in their 60s and 70s - took part in a special yoga session organised through the Indian Embassy in the Zojoji Temple, the two-storey red shrine in the shadow of Tokyo Tower.

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