The Indian discipline of yoga, involving spiritual and physical practices, is followed in myriad forms today by millions of people worldwide, with an entry in UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list.
Mr. Modi said the way to lead a calm, creative and content life was yoga. Addressing the large gathering in the backdrop of the iconic British-era building of FRI, Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriching lives across the globe.
Sheikh said the Indian Consulate has been in the forefront in promoting yoga in Kingdom for the last three years.
Video messages from Prime Minister Modi, from Dehradun where he led thousands of volunteers to perform yoga asanas to mark the day, and Marwaai were screened at the venue.
Two years ago, the influential Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, which is a conglomerate of 15 major churches, had boycotted the celebration saying yoga is "dipped in Hinduism". "India is Yoga's top ambassador", says PM Modi. ITBP is a specially trained unit that guards India's eastern border, most of which is fall under Himalayan mountain range.
Yoga became known in the West towards the end of the 19th century as it was undergoing a major revival in India under the Hindu teacher Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902).
"After only 4-6 months of doing yoga once a week, I was pleased to discover that numerous physical symptoms and pain had greatly subsided or disappeared", says Rola.
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According to Fitzwilliams, Prince Harry and Markle's attendance in the event is already a representation for the royal family . Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip met and fell in love eight years before they were engaged, when the Queen was just 13.
Modi stated: 'Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition.
Nepalese Consul General Revati Podal said it was his third year in row to participate in yoga day here in Jeddah.
To make the event more relatable to the audiences in the UAE, Saba Khan, founder of House of Nature, a holistic alternative medicine and natural therapy in Abu Dhabi, has created a special Arabic Fusion Yoga.
When asked about Kumar's absence at the event, both Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sushil Modi insisted that what was important was that people practised yoga regularly, wherever they chose, and that the presence or absence of a public figure must not be "politicized". "It is unique for its type of relaxation in cajoling the mind to focus, more like a form of retracting to self".
Since the proclamation, the International Day of Yoga has continued to grow in popularity as the profile of the practice continues to rise as more than just an exercise but as a great tool for staying healthy.