The first International Day of Yoga

The first International Day of Yoga

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Millions of people around the world have rolled out their yoga mats and taken part in the practice in celebration of the first annual International Day of Yoga.

Tabled by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27 last year the day is a celebration of the ancient practice which has been around for thousands of years.

It was subsequently approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. 

‘Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition,’ Mr Modi said at the time. 

‘It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness within yourself, the world and the nature. 

With the aim of providing flawless security arrangements for the International Yoga Day celebrations in the Capital on June 21, the Delhi Police have appointed their top officers for the job. 

Yoga-loving Prime Minister Narendra Modi led more than 35,000 people, including bureaucrats, students and soldiers, performing poses such as the half camel and cobra in a 35-minute mass outdoor yoga session beginning at 7am on New Delhi Boulevard. 

New Delhi also tried to break a Guinness World Record during the mass yoga practice, with over 35,000 people attending the session.

Meantime China, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia and the UK were just a handful of the 177 countries which supported the day when it was presented to the UN General Assembly.

The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated around the world on Jun 21, 2015. Pictured front and centre is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Thousands took part in mass practices like this group taking part in a breathing exercise in new Delhi, IndiaThousands took part in mass practices like this group taking part in a breathing exercise in new Delhi, India
Downward dogs were performed in synchronisation during a mass practice in Taiwan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who performs the ancient tradition of yoga every day, is seen here in New Delhi 

Namaste, world! Sydney says good morning at the Museum of Modern Art as they take part in the Internation Day of Yoga, facing the Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Sydney yogis embrace International Yoga day, bringing their colourful mats to stretch at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the city

Pictured are a large group participating in a yoga exercise at Chulalongkorn University field, in Bangkok, Thailand

Indians perform yoga on Rajpath, in New Delhi, India 

Yoga students from India perform onstage on the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga in Bangkok, Thailand

A Malaysian boy is seen playing during the International Day of Yoga festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Millions of people rolled out their mats across the globe to take part in the ancient practice

Taiwanese perform yoga poses at the start of International Yoga Day in Taipei, TaiwanTaiwanese perform yoga poses at the start of International Yoga Day in Taipei, Taiwan
Thousands of Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) boys and girls participate in a mass yoga session near Victoria Memorial in Calcutta

Here Taiwanese stand atop their colourful mats in a forward fold as part of their routine on Sunday

New Delhi attempted to break the Guinness World Record with the largest mass practice

Young Indian yoga students are seen here performing in Bangkok, Thailand, in honour of the day

Two thousand people in Taiwam performed 108 rounds of the Sun Salutation on Sunday

Participants rest in Child's Pose in Kuala Lumpur on June 21, the first celebration of the day 

More than 35,000 people participated in a mass yoga demonstration in New Delhi marking the first International Day of Yoga

The Indian government is attempting to register the event in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest yoga demonstration or class at a single venue

Hundreds of people took part in a practice in Singapore

Naga Sadhus or holy men perform Yoga on the first International Day of Yoga in Kamakhya temple in Guwahati city, India

National Cadet Corps (NCC) participate in a mass yoga session  at the parade grounds in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad

People all around the world have taken to social media to share snaps of them in celebration of the day

An aerial view of the tens of thousands of people in India

Participants practice among the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Yoga lovers around the world have shared images of them embracing the practiceYoga lovers around the world have shared images of them embracing the practice
These ladies have embraced yoga posting this colourful photo on Sunday

Monks can be seen here among the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat

Thousands of people participate in a yoga exercise at Chulalongkorn University field, marking the International Day of Yoga in Bangkok

SOURCE dailymail.co.uk
Unbreen Fatima
Broadcast Journalist from Pakistan. Currently associated with DW as Freelance Correspondent. Several years of experience as a journalist in radio, newspaper, online and TV journalism.

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