A rainy Yoga Day for PM Modi in Lucknow

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PM Modi began the day's celebrations and addressed a gathering of around 50,000 enthusiasts in Lucknow.

He said he was excited that the exercise was gradually gaining grounds within the country and especially among young folks, disclosing that his ministry has started talking with schools across the country to have it introduced to students.

As many as 190 countries across the world are observing the International Day of Yoga today.

Commenting on the global acceptance that Yoga is receiving, "Yoga has become part of so many lives". Quoting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added that yoga was Indian civilisation's gift to the world.

It was in 2014 that the United Nations adopted June 21 to be designated as the International Day for Yoga.

He also said efforts were on to standardise yoga practices in India as also the world. "It is not even expensive to practice", he said.

Praising Prime Minister Modi and Shah, he said that both the top leaders do Yoga every day and as result of it Shah lost his weight considerably.

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Stating that people should be encouraged to practice Yoga, the Chief Minister further said that Yoga is a practice that promotes inner peace and well-being of an individual.

" It enlightens both body and soul and helps one keep calm amid pressure and challenges".

"Yoga is oneness for the body, spirit and mind. I believe that yoga will be the medium to provide good health to people", Mr Fadnavis later told reporters.

"More than fitness, more than being healthy, people now yearn for wellness".

Lakhs of people across the country and the world bent, stretched and twisted on the third International Day of Yoga today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led the celebrations in Lucknow, saying yogic asanas connected the world to India.

The Indian High Commission also organised a yoga camp in Islamabad on Sunday in which India's envoy Gautam Bambawale and other diplomats participated.

Despite the driving rain, Modi performed aasanas along with UP governor Ram Naik, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy CMs Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and the entire UP cabinet.

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