Unlike earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was observing the occasion in Dehradun, but his absence did not appear to dampen enthusiasm, though it did help that his speech was relayed from Uttarakhand on LED screens at Rajpath. He said in fact, yoga has become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and wellbeing, which is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world. "In the United States alone, more than 20 million people are practicing yoga and this number is increasing at an average of five percent every year", he said.
Agastya Muni, one of the Satyas, has worked in India to make yoga a part of life.
"The importance of yoga that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced worldwide is highly commendable. It has become a powerful unifying force", he said.
Addressing the large gathering in the backdrop of the iconic British-era building of FRI, Modi said yoga had shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe.
Yoga is lovely because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving.
Modi inaugurated the "YO1 Nature Cure Center" in the Catskills area of NY through a video link on the occasion of 4th International Day of Yoga. "Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals", he said. "The person breaks from within, with loneliness enveloping him/her. Yoga does the work of joining these pieces", Modi said in his 15-minute address. "Instead of dividing, Yoga unites".More news: 'Modern Family' Boss, Seth MacFarlane Embarrassed to Work for Fox
Information and Broadcasting Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore participated in the Yoga session in Shahdara.
Demonstration of yoga asanas were also performed by yoga students of the IGCC and other yoga institutes in Dhaka.
In another event held organized by the Indian Embassy on June 19, 2018 hundreds of people including representatives from, Yoga associations, officials from the embassy, film personalities like Malina Joshi (also Miss Nepal 2011), friendship societies and school children participated in the camp enthusiastically.
Yoga is a spiritual exercise that operates in the public domain, giving people of different tribes, ethnicities, race and gender a scope to adopt and adapt. "Connecting the mind, body, intellect and soul, it brings about peace".
Modi portrays himself as a keen yoga practitioner, last week posting on Twitter his morning routine involving plodding around a tree and flexing over a boulder.