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Mega preparations in India and across globe ahead of Int’l Yoga Day

Students perform yoga during full dress rehearsal ahead of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Students perform yoga during full dress rehearsal ahead of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave

New Delhi: Preparations are on in full swing across the country and abroad to celebrate the International Day of Yoga tomorrow, as people were seen holding rehearsals on a large scale besides other cultural events.

The main event will take place in Chandigarh where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate.

The Common Yoga Protocol will begin at 7 am and last for 45 minutes.

In the run up to the celebrations of International Day of Yoga, rehearsal of Yogasanas was held at Rajpath and other places in the national capital yesterday.

In Mumbai, people cutting across all age are getting ready to perform in their best vigor for the International yoga day.

Various academic institutions, women’s groups, senior citizen enthusiasts clubs have been training their members with regular yogasana sessions every day.

In Himachal Pradesh, the celebrations for second International Yoga Day have begun at various places with Yoga run and Yoga camps in schools.

In capital Shimla, a preparatory Yoga camp was organized yesterday at Raj Bhawan under the guidance of Governor Acharya Devvrat.

The Goa government has decided to appoint yoga trainers in primary and high schools. Addressing a press conference in Panaji yesterday, Chief Minister Lakshmi Kant Parsekar said, these yoga trainers will be appointed on contractual basis.

He clarified that yoga classes will not be compulsory and facility will be provided as per school demand.

Hundreds of thousands of Yoga lovers from Britain to Australia rolled out mats yesterday to practice complex Yoga postures.

High Commission of India and the Indian government’s Tourist Office in London, in collaboration with 14 British Yoga institutions organised the day-long event at Potters Fields Park, near the iconic Tower Bridge.

Over 10,000 people from all walks of life participated in various Yoga and meditation sessions.

In the United States of America, Indian classical dances and demonstration of popular Yoga asanas on the lawns of magnificent US Congress are being practiced as part of week-long International Day of Yoga celebrations.

In South Africa, thousands gathered at more than a dozen venues across the country. Yoga and meditation sessions were also organised across major Australian cities including Canberra and Melbourne with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailing Yoga as one of India’s gifts to the world.

He commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of supporting global peace and well-being.

In a video message yesterday, Prime Minister Modi asserted that Yoga was much more than a physical exercise and it enables people to access a new dimension of the self.

The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated last year. Yoga Day aims at raising awareness about the benefits of practicing Yoga. (ANI)

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