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International Yoga Day 2018 Highlights: Here’s how India and World celebrated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the fourth International Yoga Day 2018 celebrations at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on Thursday. Here are the top highlights how it the World Yoga day was celebrated in India and abroad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at International Yoga Day 2018Prime Minister Narendra Modi at International Yoga Day 2018

Dehradun: The world is marking the fourth edition of the International Yoga Day (IYD) 2018 on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led celebrations at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, where around 50,000 participants performed yoga asanas. The theme for International Yoga Day 2018 is – "Yoga for harmony and peace". The first International Yoga Day was celebrated on June 21, 2015, with the backing of the Ministry of Ayush.

Why June 21 for International Yoga Day?

On September 27, 2014, PM Modi in his UN address made a strong case that June 21 should be marked as IYD or World Yoga Day. Modi in his speech said: "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.” June 21 is the summer solstice – the longest day anyone living north of the Equator (Northern Hemisphere).

What is the theme for International Yoga Day 2018?

The theme for IYD 2018 is "Yoga for harmony and peace". The first ever World Yoga day was celebrated on June 21, 2015, when the event inaugurated by PM Modi bagged two Guinness World records – for 35,985 people practising at the same venue and same session and another one for maximum nationalities participating at the same event.

International Yoga Day 2018 Highlights:

10:55 am: How Yoga reached west?

Yoga became an international sensation and a huge hit, especially in the western countries. According to an estimate from AFP over 200-300 million practised Yoga today.

Yoga became known in the West towards the end of the 19th century as it was undergoing a major revival in India under the Hindu teacher Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902). His book "Raja Yoga" lays the foundations for a modern and international yoga. In the first half of the 20th century, Western texts began to detail yoga postures, also known as "asanas". The emphasis on these postures and their sequences, such as the famous Sun Salutations, is a recent development, says India specialist Sita Reddy in "Yoga, The Art of Transformation" (2013).

– AFP

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