Rajkot (Gujarat) : Nearly 1,632 pregnant women in Gujarat’s Rajkot city today set up a new Guinness Book of world records by practicing yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day.
“Yoga sends a strong message that it can be very useful and beneficial. We want pre-natal yoga to be introduced permanently for pregnant ladies. We have started it in Rajkot. We will provide this to 20,000 women. More than 140 private doctors and more than 80 government doctors are associated with this. I am hopeful this message would be beneficial to all,” District Collector Vikrant Pandey told the media here.
Earlier, the record was held by China, where more than 900 pregnant women had taken part in the yoga practice.
The second International Yoga Day is being celebrated across the globe today with the theme ‘Connect the Youth’.
The main event in India was held at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh which witnessed the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar besides others.
Addressing the International Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh this morning, Prime Minister Modi said yoga provides health assurance with zero spending.
He said yoga has become a people’s mass movement, adding the people in all parts of the nation have been connected to yoga.
The Prime Minister also announced two awards for distinguished works in the field of yoga at national and international levels.
June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014.
Over 190 countries, including 40 Islamic nations, supported the move to have a special day for yoga.(ANI)