Yoga Day 2018 celebrated all over the world

Yoga Day 2018 celebrated all over the world

Bhubaneswar: People from across Odisha rolled out their yoga mats, twisted and turned as they basked in the goodness of International Yoga Day celebrations.Even before daybreak, people from all walks of life irrespective of age were seen thronging to yoga camps and practice asanas to join the swelling number of enthusiasts worldwide.

Times of Oman's TFM is the official media partner for the event that will be held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat at 7.15 pm today.

It is born of an "awareness of the unsatisfactory character of the human condition", says India specialist Tara Michael, author of the book "Yoga" published in France in 1980.

For V Nandakumar, CCO of Lulu Group, the International Day of Yoga has become a global event with more than 150 countries taking part in it. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn't belong to India alone.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose proposal for the global event won United Nations approval in 2014, will lead the way, performing his asanas with an expected 60,000 others in the northern town of Dehradun.

Speaking at the state-level celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan, a CPM veteran, however lauded the greatness and benefits of yoga.

Nitish Kumar, who himself is a regular yoga practitioner and is said to have learnt the ancient practice from noted exponents at the renowned Bihar School of Yoga at Munger, has been critical of the mass yoga drill organized on June 21 every year since 2015.

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Theresa Ugalahia, one of the few certified psychiatrists in Nigeria, said people are beginning to appreciate the benefits of the practice in the country.

"Yoga has become one of the unifying forces of the world".

"It's a very edifying experience I would say for the kind of participation we're seeing this year".

Yoga includes stretching and bending of body besides doing breathing exercises aimed at transforming body and mind. Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving, he said.

This philosopher-monk stressed yoga's rational and scientific qualities in a bid to make the discipline compatible with the West. In India, the yoga day was celebrated with much fervour and excitement. "Arabic Fusion Yoga is now a popular addition", she said.

When asked about Kumar's absence at the event, both Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sushil Modi insisted that what was important was that people practised yoga regularly, wherever they chose, and that the presence or absence of a public figure must not be "politicized".

Yoga helps in building focus and strength necessary to keep a soldier fighting fit.

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