The first International Yoga Day was celebrated on Sunday all over the world. Millions of people came together to practice the Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline. From places like the New York City’s Times Square, the Paris’s Eiffel Tower and even locations in Afghanistan, South Korea, China and Kazakistan.
Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with their environment. The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible, it also improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind.
The largest event, with the most number of people, was the one in India. New Delhi, India’s capital city saw an extravagant affair and it hosted by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. International Yoga Day was the Prime Ministers initiative towards celebrating the widely acclaimed health and relaxation process.
The event which saw a gathering of 35,985 people and has been declared the largest yoga demonstration at a single location beating a prior record set by India only, when 30,000 Indian students participated in an event in 2005.
The crowd was surprised by Modi’s action of leaving the stage and joining in with the participants in their various yoga poses, reported by the Press Trust of India.
Prime Minister Modi is a great believer of Yoga and practices it every morning. Towards the end of the event he thanked the U.N and the 193 member nations for their support in establishing June 21st as International Yoga Day. He added that he hopes this bring a ‘new era of peace’.