5th International Yoga day was observed on June 21 across the world. In India, around 15 million people performed yoga in different postures. ‘Yoga for the heart’ was the theme of this year that India declared.
Grand Yoga events were organized at different places in the country. Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi led 40, 000 yoga enthusiasts at Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi.
The Prabhat Tara Maidan in Ranchi witnessed a historic Yoga Day programme.
Thousands of Yoga practitioners, from all walks of life enriched the Yoga Day celebrations with their presence.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 21, 2019
The Indian army performed yoga day at Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield. Border Security Forces took part in yoga on horseback in Gurugram, whereas NAVY personnel did yoga on INS Sindhudhwaj.
Besides these, ministers, CMs, celebrities, school children and lakhs of citizens participated in yoga practice in different parts of the country.
However, the most touching moment was when army dogs showed yoga moves. These dogs won the heart of millions who saw their pictures and videos. The pets innocently followed their master’s yoga asanas. Truly speaking, they vindicated the yoga theme for this year.
Yoga is a derivation of Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means “to unite”. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition and a valuable gift to the world. It brings harmony to the mind and body. Yoga is helpful in the overall development of the body. Yoga was listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.
The United Nations Organisation declared 21 June as International Day of Yoga. The day was first proposed by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi at UNO. He suggested the day 21 June which is the longest day of the year.