Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, along with state Governor Ram Naik, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma on Wednesday practiced asanas with Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, ahead of the International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21, 2017. The governor Ram Naik spoke on the occasion and told PTI, “On June 21, not only the entire India, but the whole world will be looking towards Lucknow, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with 50,000 people will be participating in the event.” Naik also told reporters that yoga was almost 5000 years old and had become a popular all over the world. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also spoke to the assembled media on the occasion and said that the practice of Yoga should be taken forward as it was an Indian tradition and a way to pay gratitude to our ancestors. Yogi AdityaNath also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that it was due to his efforts that Yoga had achieved international recognition.
He also spoke about Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking time out of his schedule to perform Yoga with Lucknowites on the International Yoga Day and said, “Performing yoga with the PM will a historic moment for Lucknowites. The aim of yoga is to build a healthy body, a healthy mind, a healthy society and a healthy country”. According to reports, senior citizens, aanganwadi workers and around 500 divyangs are expected to participate in the International Day of Yoga celebrations. Participants will be given bottles of mineral water and monogrammed T-shirts to highlight the event and its significance.