International Yoga Day Live: PM Narendra Modi is leading the Second International Day of Yoga celebrations in the country and across the globe by participating in a mass Yoga demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh. Track this space for Live updates:
8:20 AM : Yoga is such a passion in India, we are practicing to show our support: Richard Rahul Verma, US Ambassador
7:55 AM: Yoga Day demonstrations conclude in Chandigarh, PM Modi interacts with everyone
7:45 AM: Yoga at sea, onboard INS Airavat
7:35 AM: PM Modi practises Yoga in Chandigarh
7:25 AM: PM Modi also participates in the Yoga day demonstrations
7:22 AM: Thousands perform Yoga as PM Modi moves amongst people, inspecting their poses
7:15 AM: PM Modi interacts with Divangs at the Yoga Day celebrations
7:14 AM: Yoga practise begins with the ‘namaskar’ mudra. People chant ‘Om’ three times together followed by prayer.
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7:12 AM: Yoga demonstrations begin in Chandigarh; instructors ask people to do Yoga according to their capacity
7:10 AM: I express by gratitude to people who are working towards encouraging Yoga around the world. This is a zero budget health medicine, says PM Modi.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) June 21, 2016
7:09 AM: PM Modi announces two awards for the next International Yoga Day
7:08 AM: Yoga is a wellness guarantee, it brings holistic development to your life and makes you feel good and healthy, says PM Modi.
7:06 AM: I urge people to focus on diabetes control through yoga. Yoga may not cure diabetes, but it can help control it. The number of people who have diabetes these days is increasing. I urge people to work towards teaching Yoga and the way it helps control diabetes. This should be the mission for the next one year. Next year, we can pick up another disease, says PM Modi.
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7:05 AM: Yoga is also becoming a big business opportunity for many. These days there are channels that are dedicated to youth.
7:03 AM: We are so busy these days that we have lost connect with our own selves. Yoga helps one discover and connect with oneself, says PM Modi.
7:03 AM: Gynecologists these days advice that women should practice Yoga during pregnancy, says PM Modi.
7:02 AM: We are working to encourage Yoga around the world. We want people to take up the task of being Yoga trainers, says PM Modi.
7:00 AM: I urge people to make Yoga a part of your lives, just like smartphones have become a part of your lives, says PM Modi.
6:59 AM: Developed nations should also focus on preventive healthcare as a part of their health budgets. For this, Yoga is very important, says PM Modi.
6:59 AM: The poorest of poor people can do Yoga. There is no rich-poor divide, says PM Modi.
6:57 AM: PM Modi says that Yoga helps attain peace of mind. Yoga is for both those who believe in god and those who don’t.
6:55 AM: There is nothing religious about Yoga. Yoga is about bonding the society together. Yoga teaches us how the mind, body and soul can function as one, says PM Modi.
6:54 AM: Yogasana is a way of disciplining your own life. Sometimes people wonder what they will gain from Yoga. This is not a path to gain something, but to leave behind diseases, says PM Modi.
6:53 AM: Amidst loud applause PM Modi says that no day is being celebrated at the scale at which Yoga Day is being celebrated across the world.
6:51 AM: Right now all parts of the country are participating in the Yoga Day celebrations. UN is celebrating International Yoga Day across the globe. June 21 was chosen for the Yoga Day, because in many parts of the world, it is the longest day, says PM Modi.
6:50 AM: PM Modi addresses the gathering at Chandigarh
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) June 21, 2016
6:38 AM: Yoga Day celebrations begin; PM Modi to participate in demonstrations shortly
6:36 AM: Yoga is for harmony, brings individuals in better harmony mental and physical health: President Pranab Mukherjee
6:35 AM: Baba Ramdev and BJP President to lead Yoga Day celebrations in Faridabad
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) June 21, 2016
6:10 AM: Divyang people taking the allotted positions at Yoga Day event in Chandigarh
The function includes 45 minutes of Yoga protocol demonstration. Over 35 thousand people are participating in the event at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh while ten thousand more are performing at 100 different venues in the city of Chandigarh. The emphasis this year is on participation of Divyangs, youths and people from weaker sections of the society.
Reputed Yoga institutions are also participating in the International Day of Yoga by leading the demonstration functions across the country. Yoga demonstrations are being organized at several places in the national and state capitals. Similar events have been planned at all district headquarters in the country in association with prominent Yoga institutions of the country.
In Delhi, the main events organized by Ministry of AYUSH and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) are at Connaught Place, Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Garden. Union Minister for Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu, Lt. Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung and MeP Meenakashi Lekhi will participate in the Yoga demonstrations in Delhi.
Over 173 Indian missions across the world are also organizing Yoga demonstrations to spread awareness for International Yoga Day. Besides the main event on the Yoga Day, several Indian missions have organized a series of curtain raiser events in various parts of the world to spread Yoga awareness.
Last year’s mass demonstration of Yoga protocol at Rajpath in Delhi had entered the Guinness Book of World Records for largest number of participants learning Yoga at a single venue (over 35 thousand) and also for participants from most number of countries (84).