Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga on International Yoga Day in Dehradun in Uttarakhand, India June 21, 2018. Before starting the yoga session, the PM in his address termed yoga as "one of the most powerful unifying forces in the world" and "a path from illness to wellness which is linking people from Dehradun to Dublin, and Shanghai to Chicago". "We refuse the imposition to practise yoga and we will keep opposing its celebration in the state", said Vanlalruata, president of anti-corruption organisation-turned-political party, People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram.
The psychiatrist further explained that yoga can be used as a form of therapy for drug addicts because it enhances natural opioids which is a subtle means of easing pain and enhancing euphoria.
Yoga was also performed on board the Japanese naval ship JS Ise and on the Indian Navy's INS Sahyadri taking part in military exercises in the western Pacific, the Indian Navy said. Yoga is handsome because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving, he said. "The spread of yoga has brought the world closer to India and India closer to the world", he added.
Medical experts on Thursday spoke of the many benefits of yoga, as practitioners in Nigeria on Thursday joined others across the world to celebrate the International Day of Yoga.
He asked people to embrace yoga not just for a healthy, but happy and peaceful life.
Last year, the main function was held in Lucknow.
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Countries such as Afghanistan, Japan and Peru held yoga sessions, while Australia and South Africa celebrated on Monday.
Modern Western references such as the Oxford English Dictionary define yoga as a "spiritual and ascetic discipline" which includes "breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures".
"As the Sun is for all, the Moon is for all, rivers are for all, in the same way yoga is for all", he said.
In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in an International Yoga Day event in Dehrandun in which more than 60,000 people are expected to perform yoga.
"Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centres attention; and sharpens concentration".
Let's take a look at how the world is marking the occasion.