Record-breaking International Yoga Day events begin

Record-breaking International Yoga Day events begin

Chandigarh/Faridabad, June 21 (IANS) Thousands of people across the country began the day on Tuesday with yoga exercises to mark the second International Yoga Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leading over 30,000 yoga enthusiasts in Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex amid heavy security.

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Yoga enthusiasts, specially shortlisted to perform yoga with the prime minister, started lining up around the spruced up complex around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

These included school and college students, youths and the elderly. Those taking part in the event have been training for yoga exercises for the past 15 days.

Unprecedented security arrangements were in place around the venue in Chandigarh’s high-security area of Sector 1 for over 24 hours. The area was sealed off by paramilitary commandos and security agencies ahead of the event.

Yoga guru Ramdev started his record-breaking yoga event in Faridabad town in Haryana, adjoining the national capital, early on Tuesday.

Organisers said over 100,000 people performed yoga with Ramdev, setting a world record.

In Chandigarh, a total of 30,000 participants — 10,000 each from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana — donning T-shirts and black or blue tracksuit lowers will perform deep breathing and stretching exercises against the backdrop of the Capitol Complex, one of the acclaimed creations of Chandigarh’s founder-architect French architect Le Corbusier.

Apart from the main event, yoga day events will be held at 100 other locations across Chandigarh.

The UN General Assembly had declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day following a resolution moved by India and co-sponsored by a large number of nations.

The first International Yoga Day celebration was organised in June last year, the main event taking place on Rajpath in the heart of New Delhi.

Yoga not a religious activity: Modi

Chandigarh, June 21 (IANS) Yoga is not a religious activity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Tuesday to mark the International Day of Yoga.

Addressing thousands of yoga enthusiasts here, he said religions usually taught what human beings will get when they pass away.

“Yoga is not about the other life. Therefore, it is not a religious practice. It is the science of this world, it is about what we will get in this life,” Modi said.

The prime minister said yoga was for both believers as well as non-believers.

Embrace yoga for better life, Modi says 

Chandigarh, June 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to embrace yoga for better physical and mental health as he led thousands here on Tuesday morning to mark the second International Yoga Day.

Simultaneously, hundreds of thousands across the country began the day with yoga exercises.

Modi oversaw some 30,000 yoga enthusiasts in Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex performing deep breathing and stretching exercises before joining them.

The complex is one of the acclaimed creations of Chandigarh’s founder-architect French architect Le Corbusier.

“Make yoga a part of your life,” the prime minister said in a brief address. “Just as the mobile phone is now a part of your life, make yoga too a part of your life.”

He said the International Yoga Day had become a mass movement like no other in the world.

The UN last year declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

Underlining that yoga was not a religious activity, Modi said it helped to control the mind and maintain a healthy body for a healthy balance between the two.

Yoga, he added, helped people to lead a disciplined life.

The prime minister later got down from the stage from where he addressed the gathering to shake hands with specially-abled yoga enthusiasts.

Donning T-shirts and track-pants, yoga enthusiasts, shortlisted to perform yoga, began lining up around the spruced up complex around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Over 96,000 people had registered themselves to take part in the event. Of this, over 30,000 were picked, including 10,000 each from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana.

These included school and college students, youths, elderly, specially challenged, security personnel and yoga activists. Those taking part in the event have been training for the past 15 days.

Unprecedented security was in place around the venue in Chandigarh’s high-security area of Sector 1. The area was sealed off by paramilitary commandos and security agencies ahead of the event.

The Capitol Complex wore a new look with the concrete floor covered with a green carpet.

Besides the main event, yoga day was held at 100 other locations across Chandigarh.

Yoga guru Ramdev started his record-breaking yoga event in Faridabad town in Haryana, adjoining the national capital, early on Tuesday.

Organisers said over 100,000 people performed yoga with Ramdev, setting a world record.

The main event of the first International Yoga Day celebration was held on Rajpath in the heart of New Delhi last year.

Yoga no religious activity, a global mass movement: Modi 

Chandigarh, June 21 (IANS) Yoga is no religious activity and people must embrace it for better mental and physical health, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Tuesday to mark the International Day of Yoga.

Addressing some 30,000 yoga enthusiasts at the Capitol Complex, Modi also said that the UN-declared International Day of Yoga had become the biggest global mass movement.

“Yoga is not about the other life. Therefore, it is not a religious practice. It is the science of this world, it is about what we will get in this life,” Modi said, speaking in Hindi.

He said yoga was for both believers and non-believers, and there was no need to create any controversy over it.

“Yoga is not a religious activity. Many people do not understand yoga completely. It is not what you will get from yoga but what is important is what you will give to yoga and what all (ailments) will it rid you of.

“It helps is getting mukti (salvation) from health issues,” Modi said, in an attempt to de-link the belief among some that yoga was a part of Hinduism.

“Among all days marked by the UN, no day has equalled the mass movement the International Yoga Day has become. It has become the biggest mass movement worldwide,” said Modi, who was instrumental in getting the UN to declare June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

“Make yoga a part of your life,” he said. “Just as the mobile phone is now a part of your life, make yoga too a part of your life.”

Yoga, he said, helped to control the mind and maintain a healthy body. It helped people to lead a disciplined life.

Modi said yoga was a guarantee for wellness, not just fitness.

“Yoga binds body, mind, intelligence and soul. It provides a balance to mind and body. Yoga gives health insurance at zero budget… Anyone can do it anywhere…

“We are busy in our lives. We are cut off from ourselves. Yoga links us to ourselves.”

He said yoga had become a “big profession worldwide”.

Modi said people in every corner of the country and indeed in other countries too were taking part in the International Yoga Day.

Expressing concern at the rising number of diabetics in India, he urged people to focus on the disease so that it could be tackled in a better way by the next International Yoga Day.

Modi announced two annual awards to be given from next year: for doing exceptional work for promotion of yoga at the international and national levels.

The prime minister later got down from the stage from where he addressed the gathering and shook hands with specially-abled yoga enthusiasts.

Donning T-shirts and track-pants, the yoga enthusiasts, shortlisted to perform yoga, had begun lining up around the spruced up complex around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Over 96,000 people had registered themselves to take part in the Chandigarh event. Of this, over 30,000 were picked, including 10,000 each from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana.

Yoga day was also held at 100 other locations across Chandigarh.

Also on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands across the country began the day with yoga exercises.

Yoga guru Ramdev held his record-breaking yoga event in Faridabad town in Haryana, adjoining the national capital, earlier on Tuesday.

Organisers said over 100,000 people performed yoga with Ramdev, setting a world record.

The main event of the first International Yoga Day celebration was held on Rajpath in the heart of New Delhi last year.

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