April 26, 2018

Yoga fever grips China ahead of UN International Yoga Day

19 June 2017, 12:31 | Darrell Baldwin

The invite

The invite

He said that despite the government's opposition, lakhs of people from Bihar would also practice Yoga on the International Yoga Day.Mr Modi said it was the fear of backlash from fundamentalistforces, which had compelled CM to keep a silence on the issue of'triple talaque.

Though Yoga, which originated in India, has become immensely popular over the years in China vying with ancient indigenous physical fitness martial art form Tai Chi, it got an official sanction when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joined Prime Minister Modi in Beijing in 2015 at a joint event during the latter's visit.

According to Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Yoga is a system of holistic living, having the roots in Indian tradition and culture.

Yoga has been a key element contributing to the friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and India, he said.

The embassy, in collaboration with city councils, is doing a series of awareness programmes in Zimbabwe in preparation for the day which is celebrated by over a million people in India and across the globe.

Messages from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were displayed at the venue.

"The objective is not only to introduce the diplomatic core and create awakening about Yoga, but also to stress and underline that Yoga is not merely for health, but is essentially a message for peace, harmony and well-being of the entire world", he told ANI.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Le Van Tam said it is a people-to-people exchange activity that aims to boost mutual understanding between Vietnamese and Indian people. Parts of the United States, Paris, Havana in Cuba, and Peru's capital Lima are also preparing to host yoga enthusiasts.

Consulate General of India, Shanghai arranged through Krishnamachari Yoga Mandiram a leading Indian Yoga teacher who conducted the Yoga session for over 1,000 Yoga practitioners, based on the Common Yoga Protocol sent by the Department of AYUSH.

The President, who performed a number of yoga asanas encouraged yoga institutions in Sri Lanka to continue their good work. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the Yoga Day function in Himachal Pradesh's Sujanpur Tihra.

Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, J.P. Nadda, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal will take part in International Yoga Day functions at Patna, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam respectively. It has written letters to different Ambassadors and Embassies and urged to make the event successful.

AYUSH Ministry is working day and night to make the International Yoga Day a big success not only at national level, but also at international level.

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