Yoga connecting world, says Modi as millions stretch and bend

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IT major HCL on Wednesday invited guests for short talk on yoga, held meditation sessions and also made employees take pledge to include yoga in their routines.

Modi urged everyone to make yoga part of their lives saying that it is not expensive to practice yoga and should be included in the daily lives just as salt is included in food.

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga".

The participants, who had to attend the PM's yoga day programme had to reach the venue in the early hours and it rained heavily between 4 to 4.30 AM with high speed winds also blowing, the official said.

Addressing yoga participants, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, "Yoga is not only good for our physical and mental health, but its helps to maintain energy, strength, and relieve stress".

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Television footage showed Indian soldiers performing yoga in their military overalls in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, at a height of 18,000 feet (5,500 metres). President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a mass yoga demonstration at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.

Union Human Resource Develop-ment Minister Prakash Javadekar has stated that Yoga can keep man physically fit and mentally healthy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined 50,000 students and other residents for a mass yoga session in the pouring rain in the northern city of Lucknow to mark International Yoga Day. In this capital, thousands of people gathered to perform several asanas or postures, push-ups and stretches in various places such as downtown Connaught Place, Lodhi Garden, Talkatora Garden and Nehru Park.

The event was a cultural milestone, marking the first time yoga has been performed atop the Great Wall by a joint Indian and Chinese group of yogis, the embassy said in a statement. And this collective campaign of spreading Yoga to other countries of the world should bring tremendous benefit to millions of practitioners of this ancient Indian practice all over the world.

But there are many to whom yoga comes to mind when they hear about India.