9th International Day of Yoga celebrated with unique programmes, initiatives across globe

The 9th International Day of Yoga would go down in history as an occasion when several unique programmes and initiatives took centre stage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been in the forefront to promote Yoga internationally since first assuming office in 2014, was at the UN Headquarters to lead a historic Yoga session involving top UN officials, envoys from across the world and prominent individuals.

In a video message released earlier in the day, the Prime Minister India has always nurtured traditions that unite, adopt and embrace. He made a fervent appeal people across the globe to eliminate mutual rivalries, individual hurdles and all resistances through Yoga.

In a unique commemoration of the day, Indian navy personnel stationed in different parts of the world performed Yoga on the flight decks of INS Vikrant and INS Vikramaditya.

Yoga demonstration were also held on board ships berthed in countries falling on or near the Prime Meridian. The Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Coast Guard and Border Road Organisation also joined hands for Yoga demonstrations at borders, coasts and Islands to form a Yog Bharatmala.

Yoga enthusiasts took to the waters to perform aqua-Yoga in the Palk Strait off the Rameswaram coast. Video of the Yoga performance posted on Twitter elicited some enthusiastic response from Yoga enthusiasts.

Ministers from G20 countries, who are in Goa to attend the Tourism Working Group meeting, performed Yoga at the Raj Bhavan in Goa along with Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai and Central and Ministers.

The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd (TRIFED) is collaborating with Ministry of Ayush to supply 34,000 yoga mats procured exclusively from tribal artisans across the country bearing distinct designs and motifs representative of their respective communities.

The U.N. General Assembly declared June 21 as International Yoga Day following a resolution moved by India and co-sponsored by a large number of nations. The first International Yoga Day was observed on June 21, 2015.

Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini/Courtesy: The Hindu

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