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International Yoga Day 2018 updates: Venkaiah Naidu says he wants yoga to become people's movement

In Mumbai for the Yoga Day celebrations, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said that he want it to become a people's movement because it is not political or religious.

FP Staff June 21, 2018 10:04:54 IST
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International Yoga Day 2018 updates: Venkaiah Naidu says he wants yoga to become people's movement

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June 21, 2018 - 10:02 (IST)

Smriti Irani, Manohar Lal Khattar join celebrations in Haryana

 
International Yoga Day was observed across Haryana and Punjab on Thursday, with Union minister Smriti Irani and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar participating in programmes in Chandigarh and Jhajjar.
 
In the joint capital of the two states, Chandigarh, Punjab Governor and the Union Territory's administrator VP Singh Badnore was the chief guest at a yoga event in Sector 17.
 
Union Textile Minister Irani performed asanas along with around 4,000 enthusiasts at the event. Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher and Chandigarh unit BJP chief Sanjay Tandon were also present. In Haryana, Khattar and agriculture minister OP Dhankar rolled out their Yoga mats along with several other people, including children, at a state-level event in Jhajjar.  
 
PTI

June 21, 2018 - 08:58 (IST)

JP Nadda performs yoga in Shimla

Union health minister JP Nadda joined Yoga Day event in Shimla where thousands of yoga enthusiasts participated. "Marching towards a healthy India," the Ministry of Health said in a tweet.

June 21, 2018 - 08:47 (IST)

Venkaiah Naidu says he wants Yoga Day to be a people's movement

In Mumbai for the Yoga Day celebrations, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said that he want it to become a people's movement because it is not political or religious. "it is for betterment of our lives. It shouldn't be just for one day, it should be a part of our daily lives," he was quoted as saying by ANi.

June 21, 2018 - 08:44 (IST)

China celebrates Yoga Day

Yoga enthusiasts in Beijing performed asanas at India House on the occasion of International Yoga Day. 

June 21, 2018 - 08:31 (IST)

Indo-Tibetan Border Police performs yoga at height of 18,000 feet

Personnel belonging to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police performed yoga at the height of 18,000 feet on the occasion of International Yoga Day. 

June 21, 2018 - 08:29 (IST)

Visuals from Noida; Piyush Goyal performs yoga 

Union minister Piyush Goyal joined the International Yoga Day celebrations in Noida on Thursday.

June 21, 2018 - 08:26 (IST)

Nitish Kumar unlikely to participate in Yoga Day events in Bihar

Unlike BJP leaders, those of the JD(U) have decided to stay away from the fourth edition of the International Yoga Day celebrations. "People have been doing yoga in their homes. Yoga is a part of India' culture," JD(U) state President Vashisht Narain Singh.

JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said there should not be any politics on Yoga Day in the name of promoting it. "Yoga is a personal choice of people. It is their private decision to do yoga or not. I also do yoga at my residence daily and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too does yoga. But we never display it in public. Doing or displaying yoga in public place is wrong," he said.

IANS

June 21, 2018 - 08:23 (IST)

Watch: Narendra Modi's address in Dehradun on 4th International Yoga Day

June 21, 2018 - 08:15 (IST)

Chandrababu Naidu joins celebrations in Amaravati

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu performed asanas in Amaravati on the occasion of 4th International Yoga Day.

June 21, 2018 - 08:13 (IST)

Must include yoga in our day-to-day life, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan joined the celebrations in Bhopal on Thursday. "Practicing yoga for a day won't make any difference. We should include yoga in our daily life. The state will be healthy if we are healthy. This way, the speed of development will also be faster," he said at the event.

International Yoga Day LIVE updates: In Mumbai for the Yoga Day celebrations, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said that he want it to become a people's movement because it is not political or religious. "It is for betterment of our lives. It shouldn't be just for one day, it should be a part of our daily lives," he told reporters.

Personnel belonging to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police performed yoga at the height of 18,000 feet, while over a thousand navy personnnel are performing asanas on the INS Virat against the view of the Arabian Sea on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined thousands of volunteers performing yoga asanas in Uttarakhand's Dehradun to mark the 4th International Yoga Day on Thursday. Many Union ministers will join similar events across the country on Thursday.

The exercise in Dehradun was held in the picturesque lawns of the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in the lap of the Himalayas.

“Yoga is not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit. It is a passport to health assurance, a key to fitness and wellness. Nor is Yoga only what you practice in the morning. Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of Yoga as well,” a statement quoting Modi said.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad will be in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Rudraprayag, Hajipur and Patna respectively, a BJP functionary said.

Among other ministers, Ananth Kumar will be in Bengaluru, JP Nadda in Shimla, Narendra Singh Tomar in Gwalior, Piyush Goyal in Noida and Prakash Javadekar in Mumbai.

A series of yoga related events are also being organised across the world to mark the occasion.

Greeting yoga enthusiasts across the world on the occasion, the prime minister said that this exercise is one of the most precious gifts given by the ancient Indian sages to humankind.

“Yoga is not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit. It is a passport to health assurance, a key to fitness and wellness. Nor is Yoga only what you practice in the morning. Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of Yoga as well,” a statement quoting Modi said.

In a world of excess, yoga promises restraint and balance. In a world suffering from mental stress, it promises calm. In a distracted world, it helps focus. In a world of fear, it promises hope, strength and courage, the statement added.

The prime minister also took to social media to share the intricacies of various yoga asanas. He shared pictures of people performing the exercise at various locations across the world.

Modi had earlier participated in yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016, and the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow in 2017.

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