"The world has embraced yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
Interestingly, the celebrations of International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 which were being conducted in Lucknow were interrupted by heavy rainfall, but the spirit of the people to perform Yoga could not be washed away as a large number of people joined in the celebrations all over the country.
Free from illness, a path to wellness - that is the path of yoga, he said. "Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals", the 67-year-old said.More news: England World Cup game beats royal wedding in TV ratings
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"From Tokyo to Toronto, from Stockholm to Sao Paulo, Yoga has become a positive influence in the lives of millions", Modi told participants on the lush green lawns. And if you haven't tried your bit of yoga yet, don't wait, give it a shot and thank us later.
Modi stated: 'Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition.
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.More news: The new Time magazine cover slams Donald Trump over family separation policy
In his message, the prime minister said: "Yoga is a set of equilibrium and equanimity".
The theme for International Yoga Day 2018 is Yoga for Peace.
History was scripted on Thursday when soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China joined Indian Army troops in performing Yoga at Daulat Beg Oldie along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. "Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of yoga as well", he said.
He said yoga exercises have helped him overcome breathing problem without any medication.More news: Allies unhappy with United States walkout from UN body
According to the CMO, they had sought an appointment on June 16 and June 21, both of which were turned down by the PMO.
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