Prime Minister Modi Kicks Off 3rd International Yoga Day In UP

21 Jun, 2017 15:39 IST|Sakshi
The Prime Minister performed asanas along with around 50,000 other participants.

Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the third edition of International Yoga Day at Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow.

In one of the biggest events in the country, the Prime Minister performed asanas along with around 50,000 other participants.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and cabinet ministers were also present at the event.

"Yoga's popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India," Modi said while addressing the crowd on the occasion.

The Prime Minister expressed his happiness over the increasing number of Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years and said that the demand for Yoga teachers is increasing.

Modi also stressed on the importance of wellness apart from physical fitness and said that Yoga was a medium to achieve wellness.

"Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice."

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked volunteers for their participation.

"Yoga is an art of living. It teaches to remain united. Yoga is a part of our tradition and it integrates us," Yogi said.

On the other hand, the 80-minute Yoga session is in full swing despite the heavy rain.

Meanwhile, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, BJP president Amit Shah and Baba Ramdev participated in a Yoga camp in Ahmedabad.

In order to make the International Yoga Day programme a success, various organisations, NGOs and Yoga gurus have held camps and practice sessions

Many Union ministers led the celebrations for International Yoga Day in different parts of the country.

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader Vijay Goel, Delhi L-G Anil Baijal are present at the NDMC International Yoga Day at Connaught Place.

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