"This is the third International Yoga Day and we have basically an amalgam, a mix of all different yoga schools here in one place", said volunteer Yuav Yenen.
Modi, in his address, praised the people for braving rainfall since 4 am for the yogic cause. "I am not good at performing yoga, but I liked the "surya namaskar". "Today, they have sent a message across the world that yoga can be performed even in a downpour". "Today, it is found in every household". "The practice, which connects body, mind and soul, has played a big role in binding the world too", he said.
"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga. Yoga has become part of the education curriculum in several states across the country".
Though India was trying hard to make yoga popular across the globe since 2011, we got success after the United Nations accepted Modiji's proposal in 2014 and declared 21 June as the World Yoga Day.
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Baba Ramdev and Amit Shah also shared pictures of the yoga session on their twitter handles. "It is not necessary to perform yoga 24 hours a day". 50 or 60 minutes (is fine) because it lends harmony to the body, mind and intellect. "If 1.25 billion Indians and people across the world attain this state of well-being, humankind will be able to tide over problems borne out of human thoughts", he said. The crowd burst into cheers.
As the first rays of the Wednesday Sun streamed over Ahmedabad, thousands were already up and about, warming up to own the International Yoga Day. NIT-P invited yoga experts from Haridwar, whereas Central University of South Bihar organized a yoga session in the morning followed by a workshop for the students and a debate contest.
Modi left the venue around 7.25 am. Principal VS Ojha said, "Our students and employees participated in the event with enthusiasm and gave their best shot".
"Earlier, Yoga was only restricted to saints and seers in the Himalayan mountains".