Thousands join India's Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Yoga has become one of the most powerful "Unifying Forces" in the world.

The fourth International Yoga Day was celebrated across all departments and colleges of the Delhi University, said a statement from the varsity. The Chief Minister, along with Power Minister R K Singh, took part at the state celebration in Raipur. The way to lead a calm, creative and content life is yoga.

"In yoga, we have the flawless solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society", the Prime Minister said. "It has become an occasion of initiation for millions inspired by the spirit of yoga, they commit themselves to its pursuit", he said.

Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving. Chandigarh was the host city for the main event in 2016 and the main event for the first International Yoga Day celebrations was New Delhi.

To mark the worldwide Yoga Day, Indian Embassy to Dhaka celebrated the 4th global Day of Yoga (IDY) on Thursday with the presence of 10,000 people practicing the ancient Indian discipline at Bangabandhu stadium in Dhaka. "Instead of dividing, Yoga unites". The thousands of years old yoga described in the Indian Vedas is making people's health healthy in the world today. Modi told ANI, that many JD (U) workers and leaders participated in the yoga event organised here earlier on Thursday. Yoga increases the flexibility of the body, makes it toned and supple, and also helps maintain a good body weight.

Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for future of the world.

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The growing popularity of yoga across the globe had brought India closer to the world and this position is going to get strengthened in times to come, he said.

Wearing a white T-shirt and a pair of white pants, the PM who arrived at the event around 7 am joined the yoga enthusiasts in performing around 20 asanas in tune with commentary delivered by Dr Ishwar Basavaraddi, Director of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga under the Ayush Ministry.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore participated in the Yoga session in Shahdara.

"With yoga- mind, body and soul will always be relaxed also youth and people will excel in fitness". Making June 21 a remarkable day is a big achievement for the country.

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.