Yoga a powerful unifying force, says Modi

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He said, in a world of excess, yoga promises restraint and balance.

"Yoga is not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit. India is Yoga's top ambassador", says PM Modi.

He revealed that he began practicing yoga when his father brought home a poster of 32 yoga postures, and "for over 25 years now I've been practicing yoga regularly".

As a precursor to the main event, a Yoga Vistar was held in the Red Sea Beach in the backdrop of the iconic 300 mtr - high King Fahd Fountain, Jeddah. Yoga is already a 50-billion-dollar industry, giving India and Indians a big opportunity in the global arena.

People of all ages can be found practicing yoga in parks all over the country. This was a great experience, and lots of Saudis and onlookers joined in, and some were curious and asked us what we were doing. and we explained that this is yoga and lot of them joined us.

He said that yoga has become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and well-being, which is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world.

The Prime Minister's decision to celebrate International Yoga Day in Dehradun was warmly welcomed by the Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat, who said he hoped it would cement the state's status as a premier destination for yogis worldwide.

UNESCO added yoga to its list of intangible cultural heritage in 2016 in recognition of its influence on Indian society, "from health and medicine to education and the arts".

The prime minister also took to social media to share the intricacies of various yoga asanas.

"From Tokyo to Toronto, from Stockholm to Sao Paulo, Yoga has become a positive influence in the lives of millions", Modi told participants on the lush green lawns.

The word "yoga" has its origins in the ancient Sanskrit language and means "to attach, join, harness, yoke".

"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. "Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals", the 67-year-old said. SSP of the district, Sdanand Date here said, " Yoga helps strength mind and intellect.

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