Indian Armed forces mark International Yoga Day across land and sea

Over four lakh personnel from the Army alone participated in the events.

New Delhi: From performing 'aasanas' in sub-zero temperature at Siachen to desert in Rajasthan and warships, the armed forces on Tuesday marked the International Yoga Day across the country.

Over four lakh personnel from the Army alone participated in the events.

Apart from holding yoga camps in units across the country, the Indian Navy and Coast Guard also organised programmes on ships like INS Airavat, Virat, Jalashwa, INS Cheetah, a Kumbhir-class tank landing ship of the navy, and ICGS Sagar.

Personnel on Indian ships out in the Pacific Ocean also celebrated the day by performing different aasanas. Indian Coast Guard men posted in Male also participated in the event.

"#IYD2016 Yoga by our brave sailors & officers at sea in NW Pacific ocean & in S Korea this morning," the Indian Navy tweeted.

Yoga camps were held at places ranging from Andaman and Nicobar Islands to high altitude forward bases at Sia La at Siachen Glacier and Pangong lake in Ladakh. Apart from forward bases in Jammu and Kashmir, the army men also performed aasanas in desert of Rajasthan.

Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh, IAF Chief Arup Raha and Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh took part in the events.

The Army Chief participated in a programme organised at the Parade Day ground at Delhi Cantonment, while the Air Force Chief attended an event at Wellingdon Camp, Air Force Station here.

The Coast Guard Director General was part of the Yoga day event at the CG headquarters here. 

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