New Delhi: The whole world celebrates fourth International Yoga Day 2018 on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading 50,000 enthusiasts in performing asanas in Dehradun’s Forest Research Institute (FRI) today. The first International Day of Yoga was observed all over the world on June 21, 2015, where more than 30,000 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, performed yoga asanas (postures) at Rajpath in New Delhi.
Yoga guru Ramdev is meanwhile, conducting a yoga session in Kota, Rajasthan at RC Ground. On the other hand, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will participate as the chief guest at an event in Mumbai. Several Union Ministers will also join the celebrations in different parts of the country.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh will participate in the event at Lucknow, Nitin Gadkri in Nagpur, Ravi Shankar Prasad in Patna, Piyush Goyal in Noida, Ananth Kumar in Bangalore and Rajyavardhan Rathore in Jaipur.
In Delhi, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi will participate in a Yoga session organized for pregnant women while Union Minister Harsh Vardhan will join the event at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park.
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 September 2014.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature,” said the Prime Minister.
He had then proposed June 21 to be observed as International Yoga Day all over the world, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.