Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose proposal for the global event won United Nations approval in 2014, led the way, performing his asanas with over 50,000 others in the northern city of Dehradun.
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Interestingly, the celebrations of International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018 which were being conducted in Lucknow were interrupted by heavy rainfall, but the spirit of the people to perform Yoga could not be washed away as a large number of people joined in the celebrations all over the country.
"Delighted that Yoga has become so popular in China".
A series of yoga related events are also being organised across the world to mark the occasion.
"As the Sun is for all, the Moon is for all, rivers are for all, in the same way yoga is for all", he said. "I hope that Yoga can become binding force for the world", he said. "Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals", he said.
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He has also spearheaded an initiative to reclaim the discipline as an historic part of Indian culture since his Hindu nationalist government came to power in 2014.
When asked whether yoga will be a force to better relations, Sheikh said, "Today you saw Dr. Alaa Alsharif, a community medicine doctor, talking about yoga". Noor Rahman Sheikh addressed the gathering in which he highlighted the Indian origin of Yoga, its benefits and appealed the participants to continue their enthusiasm towards Yoga and develop it in their daily exercise.
The theme for International Yoga Day 2018 is Yoga for Peace.
Addressing a large gathering with the British-era Friday building as the backdrop, Mr. Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from "illness to wellness" and enriched lives across the globe. Revati also said that he often practices yoga postures and he does feel more relaxed and comfortable immediately.
Countries such as Afghanistan, Japan and Peru held yoga sessions, while Australia and South Africa celebrated on Monday. SSP of the district, Sdanand Date here said, " Yoga helps strength mind and intellect.