Video messages from Prime Minister Modi, from Dehradun where he led thousands of volunteers to perform yoga asanas to mark the day, and Marwaai were screened at the venue. From politicians to celebrities to sportsman all took part in the Yoga day celebrations held across the country.
The International Day of Yoga, which is now its fourth year, was celebrated at Indian International School Jeddah.
Members of the Modi administration followed the Prime Minister's lead and either attended or hosted yoga events around the country.
Free from illness, a path to wellness - that is the path of yoga, he said. "Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals", he said. My best wishes to those who have opted to practice yoga.
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"In a world where non-communicable diseases, stress and lifestyle-related ailments are rising, yoga can play a central role in mitigating these diseases to create a healthy mind and body".
"It's a very edifying experience I would say for the kind of participation we're seeing this year".
The centre, founded by Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra, has been built as a state-of-art facility and will be a wellness destination that will offer therapies based on ancient Indian Yoga and Pranayam. Adding that yoga has become the biggest mass movement "in the quest for good health and wellbeing", the prime minister said India should be honoured to be the "guardians of the great practice". "Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature".
"Yoga knows no boundaries of age, gender, caste, creed or religion. yoga helps people focus inward and helps people attain peace, and this makes them be at peace with others too".
Modi had earlier participated in yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016, and the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow in 2017.