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International Yoga Day live updates: World joins India in performing asanas

Yoga has become an integral part of lives around the world and its many benefits are now backed by scientific research.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:37
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New Delhi: The enormous benefits of Yoga for the human mind and body is now an established fact backed by scientific research. More importantly, it is backed by countless tales of how men, women and children from all walks of life and from all over the world have improved their lives by bringing Yoga into their lives. On the occassion of the 4th International Yoga Day, the world once again joins India in doing asanas that promise a fit body and a sound mind.

Here are the live updates of how India and the world is celebrating the 4th International Yoga Day:

21 June 2018, 12:37 PM

Celebrations in Afghanistan:

Yoga is being celebrated with fervour across SAARC nations and elsewhere.

21 June 2018, 12:30 PM

Pakistan joins Yoga Day celebrations:

Many participants came out in Islamabad and several other Pakistani cities to perform Yoga asanas.

21 June 2018, 12:27 PM

Yoga for a social cause?

News agency ANI reports that locals in Haldwani (Uttarakhand) performed Yoga to demand shifting of a trenching ground near Gola Bypass. They say 90 lakh tonnes of waste dumped here produces poisonous gases.

21 June 2018, 11:00 AM

Chinese Yoga enthusiasts join Indians in Beijing to celebrate International Yoga Day.

Another example of Yoga bringing together people of different countries.

21 June 2018, 10:59 AM

PM Modi said earlier today that Yoga is one of the biggest unifying force in the world.

Yoga is indeed meant for all!

21 June 2018, 09:50 AM

Trivia alert!

International Yoga Day 2018: These celeb couples are Yoga partners as well!

21 June 2018, 09:45 AM

Personnel on Indian Naval Ships Shakti and Kamorta of the Indian Navy's Eastern fleet, presently on a deployment in western Pacific ocean and south east Asia, practice Yoga, reports ANI.

21 June 2018, 09:41 AM

Yoga finds a home in Cambodia:

Two days earlier, 1100 enthusiasts had participated in a similar event in Angkor Wat - the world's largest religious monument.

21 June 2018, 09:23 AM

And that's a record!

Close to 1.05 lakh people perform Yoga together in Rajasthan's Kota to set a new Guinness World Record.

21 June 2018, 08:54 AM

Yoga on board INS Virat:

INS Virat is India's premier aircraft carrier.

21 June 2018, 08:51 AM

I want it (Yoga) to become a people's movement because it is not something political or religious, it is for betterment of our lives. It shouldn't be just for one day, it should be a part of our daily lives.

-- Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in Mumbai

21 June 2018, 08:50 AM

Americans say yes to Yoga!

Back in the United States, people are expected to come out in large numbers to practice Yoga as well.

21 June 2018, 08:37 AM

How has Yoga helped you and your loved ones?

Which Yoga asana would you recommend?

Has Yoga helped you not just become physically fit but mentally alert?

Tweet your message, photos and videos using #YogaYug 


21 June 2018, 08:35 AM

From the desert mountains of Leh to the high seas, click here to check out how armed forces have shown their commitment towards Yoga.

21 June 2018, 07:55 AM

The event in Dehradun's Forest Research Institute concludes after PM Modi and almost 50,000 participants practice a number of asanas.

PM Modi makes it a point to wave at all the enthusiasts gathered to celebrate International Yoga Day.

21 June 2018, 07:54 AM

Spectacular pics from Indian Navy:

Armed Forces have repeatedly showcased how Yoga can be extremely beneficial to staying fit.

21 June 2018, 07:43 AM

Click here for a quick recap of what PM Modi said a short while back about Yoga and its benefits.

21 June 2018, 07:22 AM

Indian embassies around the world are celebrating International Yoga Day.

Here are a few glimpses:

Embassies in several other countries too will join celebrations as and when morning dawns.

21 June 2018, 07:06 AM

PM Modi says Yoga has taken people from illness to wellness and adds that this is why millions of people around the world have taken a special liking for it.

"Millions of people die because of high stress. It is shocking. Yoga helps bring down stress levels and helps people lead better lives. It can bring down money spent on treating illnesses. I urge those who are yet to join the Yoga movement to come, embrace good life."

21 June 2018, 07:01 AM

PM Modi say Yoga may well have become one of the most powerful unifying force in the entire world. "The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen from the way International Yoga Day is celebrated around the world."

"Yoga has become the biggest mass movement towards good health and has become a positive influence in the lives of millions. Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient and modern, constant and yet evolving."

"In Yoga, we have the perfect solution for the problems we face - either as an individual or as part of society."

21 June 2018, 06:54 AM

PM Modi addresses the world on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

"I welcome admirers of Yoga. It is my privilege to be in Uttarakhand on this special day."

"From Dehradun to Dublin, from Jakarta to Johannesburg, it is all about Yoga. It is playing a crucial role in bringing people and societies closer together."

"Today, people from all over the world consider Yoga as their own. For us Indians, it is a proud moment. If we are proud, the world will be proud of Yoga. But if we are not sure of our strengths, no one will have faith."

21 June 2018, 06:50 AM

Sudarsan Pattnaik's sand art creations will inspire you to be fit. Click here to read the report.

21 June 2018, 06:46 AM

The numerous benefits of Yoga is very well known. Little wonder then that man  Bollywood celebrities regularly practice a number of asanas.

Click here to find out more about favourite Yoga exercises of your favourite Bollywood celeb.

21 June 2018, 06:45 AM

PM Modi is in Dehradun for the 4th International Yoga Day. 

Previously, PM Modi led celebrations on International Yoga Day at New Delhi's Rajpath in 2015, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016 and Lucknow's Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal last year.

21 June 2018, 06:44 AM

PM Narendra Modi once again leads the celebrations and he is in Dehradun's Forest Research Institute currently. Here, he will join thousands of volunteers in doing Yoga asanas.

A strong advocate of Yoga, PM Modi regularly does asanas and recently released a video of his morning exercise schedule.

"Yoga is not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit. It is a passport to health assurance, a key to fitness and wellness. Nor is Yoga only what you practice in the morning. Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of Yoga as well," he has said previously.

21 June 2018, 06:41 AM

People all over the country have woken up early to join in Yoga-related festivities. Reports from Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Chandigarh and several other places show that thousands have come together to do a number of asanas.