PM Modi Participates in Mass Yoga Demonstration

Narendra Modi participates in the mass yoga demonstration at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga - 2017, in Lucknow on June 21, 2017. (file photo)
Narendra Modi participates in the mass yoga demonstration at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga – 2017, in Lucknow on June 21, 2017. (file photo)

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (June 21) participated in a Mass Yoga Demonstration at Ranchi, on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.

“Let our motto be Yoga for peace, harmony and progress”, exhorted Modi as he commenced his address, shortly before the Yoga session.

He complimented the media personnel, and those associated with social media, for the key role they have played in spreading the message of Yoga.

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The Prime Minister said that he now wants to take the message of modern Yoga, from the cities to the villages, and to the homes of the poor and tribal communities. He emphasized that Yoga must become part of the lives of the poor and the tribals, because they suffer the most on account of illness.

Modi added that today, with changing times, our focus should be on wellness too, besides preventing illness. He said Yoga can give us this strength, and this is the spirit of Yoga and of ancient Indian philosophy.

The Prime Minister said Yoga is not accomplished merely by the activities that we perform for a while on the ground or the mat. He said Yoga implies discipline and dedication, and this must be practiced throughout our lives.

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