Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Dog units of Indian armed forces alongside human counterparts perform yoga

Dog units of Indian armed forces alongside human counterparts perform yoga

"This is the first time I took part in any Yoga Day event. Yoga is above religion, caste, colour, gender and region - it is above everything", Mr Modi said at the main event, which kicked off celebrations.

Various other Yoga organisations and institutes also organised separate programmes to mark the Day.

"It (yoga) is constant and evolving for centuries".

Modi a year ago released a 2-minute video showing him practicing yoga on his lawn at the prime minister's residence. "The place -jharkhand- by its name is close to nature and yoga also means being in harmony with nature moreover it has the history of successfully launching worlds largest health insurance scheme for masses in September previous year known as Ayushman Bharat scheme", he said adding that the AYUSH ministry now proposes to take up yoga in a big way in the preventive healthcare protocol of the country.

Nadishodhan pranayama, which is also known as anuloma-viloma pranayama, purifies the nadis, is good for heart patients and also alleviates cough related ailments.

Modi also said the government has been working to make Yoga a pillar of preventive healthcare. "We can say, in India, awareness of yoga has reached every corner and section". Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be present at Yamuna Sports Complex and Health Minister and Delhi MP Harsh Vardhan will perform yoga in Kudesia Park.

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"We should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages and tribal areas. I thanked media to play an important role in promoting Yoga", he said.

He stressed the need for research in Yoga so that the world could be updated about its benefits. The Prime minister braved light rain showers along with the yoga enthusiasts during the first ten minutes of the yogic exercise that was instructed by Dr Ishwar V Basavaraddi of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga.

Let our motto be Yoga for peace, harmony and progress, he said adding that Yoga belongs to everyone and everyone belongs to Yoga.

Since then, just as China under President Xi Jinping has given countries pandas for their zoos in a show of goodwill, Modi has used one of India's most popular exports to assert his nation's rising place in the world. Around 30,000 people participated in the event.

Elsewhere in India, armed forces personnel laid out their yoga mats on the deck of the aircraft carrier INS Viraat anchored in Mumbai while at India Gate, a Delhi landmark, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the way.

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