International yoga day: Indian PM Narendra Modi leads, Guiness World Record set

21st June: Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi exercised the art yoga with fellow cabinet members and various foreign diplomats at New Delhi’s main thoroughfare which transformed into one sprawling exercise ground.

Indian authorities claim that more than 35,000 people participated in the New Delhi yoga ceremony, which was also an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest single yoga class at a single venue.

Millions of yoga experts and enthusiasts performed the healthy practice across India on Sunday to mark the first International Day of Yoga. Tens of thousands of schoolchildren, bureaucrats, homemakers, soldiers and ordinary folk also took part in the exercise, which was repeated in all Indian state capitals.

Modi called for a day dedicated to yoga when he addressed the annual United Nations General Assembly in September last year.A resolution in support, co-sponsored by a record 177 countries, was adopted by the Assembly on 11 December.

With increasing awareness about yoga, scientific evidence is now starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay. Here are some benefits which could motivate you enough to icorporate it in your life as well:

1. Improves flexibility, body strength, perfects posture.
2. Reduces breakdown of joint and cartilage – Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used.
3. Better bone health – It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis.
4. Increases blood flow, drains lymph nodes and boosts immunity.
5. Ups your heart rate!

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