President of India inaugurates mass Yoga event to commemorate the International Yoga Day




President of India inaugurates mass Yoga event to commemorate the International Yoga Day

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a mass Yoga event at Rashtrapati Bhavan to commemorate the International Yoga Day today (June 21, 2015).


Speaking on the occasion, the President conveyed his best wishes to all on International Yoga Day. He said that India is the home of Yoga where it was practiced over centuries. One of the most important teachers of Yoga was Yoga Guru Patanjali. He stated that Yoga is both an art as well as a science. It has amazing curative as well as preventive powers for the well-being of humanity and for the management of many modern lifestyle related disorders. He expressed his happiness that many residents of Rashtrapati Bhavan have been practicing Yoga for a long period of time. He was also happy to see that the employees and residents are participating enthusiastically to commemorate the International Yoga Day.

Around 1000 residents and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President’s Body Guard, the Army Guard, ITBP and the Delhi Police participated in the mass Yoga event. The event was organized in collaboration with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India). Yoga practice classes were also conducted for residents of the President’s Estate from June 1 to 20, 2015 in preparation for the International Yoga Day.

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PM's remarks at International Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health

Yoga: A journey from "Aham to Vayam; Sva to Samasti." (I to we; Self to Universe)


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today described Yoga as a journey from "Aham to Vayam; Sva to Samasti." (I to we; Self to Universe). He said that if we perceive our human body to be a unique creation, then Yoga is similar to a "user manual" that made one aware of the immense capabilities of that creation.

In his remarks at the International Conference on Yoga for holistic health, on the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga, the Prime Minister described Yoga as a "state of mind," (avasthaa), as opposed to being a commodity or a system (vyavasthaa). He said that the solidarity being expressed through Yoga, in the coming together with brothers and sisters in other countries, brings our hearts and minds closer.

This support is not just for India, but for the great tradition of Yoga, the Prime Minister noted. He described Yoga as a means to achieve harmony with oneself, one's body, surroundings and nature. He said that when practised correctly and with discipline, Yoga leads to greater fulfilment in life.

The Prime Minister said that as the world united in celebrating the International Day of Yoga, there would be a lot of expectations, regarding Yoga, and India stands ready to the shoulder the responsibility of these expectations, for the greater good of the world.

The Prime Minister described Yoga is a collective gift to humanity. He added that it may have originated in India, but it draws its energies from the millions who practice it around the world. He reiterated India's resolve to reach out and foster a culture of inclusiveness, of fraternity, of one global family – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

The Prime Minister also released commemorative coins and a stamp, to mark the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga.

The Minister for AYUSH (I/C) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Minister of State for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha, and Yoga exponents Baba Ramdev, Dr Nagendra and Dr. Veerendra Heggade were present on the occasion.

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International Yoga Day

• PM leads mass yoga demonstration in New Delhi

• PM: Today, the sun will not set on the community of Yoga practitioners


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today announced the arrival of a new Yoga era, with the first International Day of Yoga being observed across the world. Leading a mass yoga demonstration at Rajpath in New Delhi, the Prime Minister declared that today, as this day is observed in various parts of the world, the sun would not set on the community of Yoga practitioners.

The Prime Minister said that today is not just the first-ever International Yoga Day, but the beginning of a new era that would inspire humanity in its quest for peace and harmony. The Prime Minister recalled the contribution of ancient sages, yoga gurus, and practitioners across the world through the ages, for making Yoga what it is, today. He said that as mankind advances in various spheres of development and technology, individual human beings must progress too, and Yoga offered an avenue for this. He said Yoga was not merely an exercise, but offered an opportunity for balancing the mind and body, and could help harness an individual's inner strength.

The Prime Minister acknowledged all countries across the world who are observing International Yoga Day today, and the 177 countries which co-sponsored the resolution in the United Nations, for adopting June 21st as International Yoga Day.

The Prime Minister later participated in a mass yoga demonstration at Rajpath.

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PM greets the people around the world, on 1st International Day of Yoga


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people around the world, on 1st International Day of Yoga.

"Greetings to people around the world on 1st International Day of Yoga! Lets pledge to make Yoga an integral part of our daily lives

In some parts of the world, the 1st rays of the sun have already been welcomed by people practicing Yoga.This will continue across the world", the Prime Minister said.

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Union Agriculture Minister Addresses the Mass Demonstration Event of Yoga

Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, addresses the mass demonstration event of yoga today at Motihari, Bihar. Shri Singh on the occasion of first ‘International Yoga Day’ said that ‘Yoga is India’s gift to the World’. Minister informed that the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in General Assembly of United Nation Organisation on 27th December, 2014 proposed for the celebration of International Yoga Day, which was supported by the World.

Shri Singh further said that ‘Yoga connecting the life. Yoga is overall technique of connecting the mind, intellect, body, and spirit. Minister urged the masses to adopt Yoga in their life’.

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International Yoga Day Celebrations at Air Force and Army Establishments at Shillong and NER NCC Creats Record

Interantioanl Yoga Day was celebrated at various Air Force and Army esyablishments in Shillong and North East Region. At Headquarters Eastern Air Command, Air Force Shillong. Air Marshal SB Deo Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Vishist Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force was also present on this occasion. Yoga experts from Ramakrishna Mission Cherapunjee were invited for this purpose. Separate programs were conducted for ladies, children and personnel. A total of 500 volunteers participated in the event.

A yoga camp was organised by headquarters 101 area at shillong. All ranks of units and establishments located in the shillong station participated in the camp in large numbers. The aim of the camp was to reinforce the benefits yoga offers in tackling day to day rigours of life. The camp was in consonance with the objectives as laid down by ministry of AAYUSH. About 3000 personnel, ladies and children participated in the event.

National Cadet Corps (NCC), the premier youth organisation of the nation created a record for the largest yoga performance simultaneously by a single uniformed youth organization at multiple venues on 21 Jun 15. The cadets performed the asanas as per the protocol given by Ministry of Ayush from 0700 am to 0735 am at all venues. The performance of yoga by NCC cadets on International Day of Yoga was pan India at more then 1460 venues, including Leh in the North, Dwarka in the West, Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh) in the East, Nagarcoil (Kanyakumari) in the South and in the islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep. Under the aegis of NCC Directorate North Eastern Region Shillong, more than 56,000 cadets participated at 169 venues across the entire North Eastern Region. The number of NCC cadets from Meghalaya were 4958.

58 Gorkha Training Centre (58 GTC) and Assam Regimental Centre (ARC) under the aegis of HQ 101 area celebrated the “International Yoga Day” with great zeal and enthusiasm. At 58 GTC More than 1500 Officers, JCOs , Other ranks and their families and children attended the same. Yoga has been made part of training curriculum and is being practiced for strength and flexibility building for recruits. Assam regimental centre conducted yoga for total of 587 Officers, JCOs and Other Ranks in a special yoga programme organized to celebrate the event., Army public School, Umroi cantt observed International yoga day Nearly 300 students and staff participated in the event.

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“Yoga Aross the Oceans” - International Yoga Day Observed Throughout Indian Navy

The strength of the Indian Navy is its highly motivated, disciplined and well trained personnel who are ever-ready to serve the nation even in the most demanding situations. Naval personnel sail onboard ships and submarines at sea for extended durations in challenging conditions. This inevitably leads to physical and mental stress, which gets compounded due to the prolonged separation from their families during operational deployments. The challenge gets accentuated as naval personnel onboard warships and submarines at sea do not have the luxury of open space and equipment to perform regular physical fitness activities. The Indian Navy, therefore, pays special emphasis on the physical well being and mental alertness of its personnel.

The human system is a seamless blend of body, mind and spirit. It is a well documented fact that Yoga is a science of well being, youthfulness which integrates the mind, body and soul and a few minutes of Yoga on a daily basis helps increase the energy levels and uplifts the spirit. Conduct of Yoga, in addition to improving the immunity of a person, also enhances mind-body coordination, thereby resulting in a higher degree of concentration, which is of utmost importance for men in uniform. Consequently, Yoga forms an integral part of daily physical training at sea. Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) in the Indian Navy are imparted training in both the practice and teaching of Yoga and are appointed to every ship and submarine at sea. The PTIs oversee the daily conduct of physical training onboard ships, including Yoga, which has gained tremendously in popularity over the years.

Recognising the benefits of Yoga, the Indian Navy has declared ‘Yoga across the Oceans’ as its theme for the first International Yoga Day and various benefits of Yoga were amply demonstrated by the conduct of Yoga onboard all Indian Naval ships deployed from the South China Sea in the East to the Mediterranean Sea in the this morning.

Indian Navy has worked very proactively for the success of the International Yoga Day Celebration on 21 Jun 15and for imbibing the Yoga culture amongst its personnel. Multi-focal activities were organised for the benefit of all personnel and their families across all the naval stations and units including onboard ships and submarines.

In New Delhi, a week long Yoga camp was held from 14 -21 Jun 15 at INS India and residential area of naval families. Similar exercise was also carried out in all other naval stations spread across the country. In addition to the various Yoga camps, a Yoga workshop was conducted on 19th Jun 15 for the naval personnel along with their families and children. The workshop witnessed participation by personnel from all age groups including the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan. During his interaction with the media after the yoga workshop, the Naval Chief highlighted the importance of yoga for the well-being of naval personnel as the life at sea is very challenging and stressful. He also said that the Indian Navy is actively involved in spreading the message about Yoga and its benefits throughout the globe.

A workshop on Healthy Living and Lifestyle Diseases was also inaugurated by Mrs Minu Dhowan at Nau Sena Bagh, Chanakyapuri which stressed upon the physical and mental benefits of yoga and its role in curtailing lifestyle diseases.

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Dr Harsh Vardhan Inspires IIT Students to Embrace the Yoga Life Says-“Yoga is Necessary to Achieve Complete Health –Physical, Mental, Social”

The Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, appealed to the country’s youth to embrace the “Yoga life” for ensuring themselves a lifetime of mental and physical fitness.

Addressing students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur today, the Minister said, “I am a man of science and a surgeon by training in the allopathic branch of medicine. I assure you Yoga does not contradict science –it is science. I invite you young budding engineers to experiment with Yoga because soon you will realise that it qualitatively enhances your productivity, apart from making you a more sociable and healthy person.”

He recalled being one among an elite group of participants at World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Kobe meeting of policy makers in 2000. “There was consensus that health is a state of physical, mental, social and spiritual well being of an individual, not merely freedom from disease and infirmities. To achieve that the world’s leading policy makers struck a consensus on Yoga being one of the potential indigenous solutions,” he stated.

Dr Harsh Vardhan told the assemblage. “As engineers you must be aware that Germany is the world’s largest exporter of engineering goods. They make engines of the most superior quality there. What you perhaps didn’t know is that in Germany’s leading technological universities, students are introduced to Yoga and Sanskrit because they have found out that it makes young minds more creative and innovative for greater scientific productivity.”

Hundreds of students, teachers and staff turned out for a special event at the campus on the occasion of the first United Nations “World Yoga Day”. The Minister’s presence bolstered their enthusiasm and they responded positively to the inherent message in the Prime Minister’s campaign, to popularise yoga on an unprecedented global scale. The eminent Yoga practitioner from Allahabad, Swami Anand Giri, gave a highly invigorating lecture with demonstrations on Yoga asanas.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “Yoga is India’s greatest and oldest gift to the world. It is not a ritual, but a scientific expression. Western medical science has woken up to the goodness of yoga as it treats the person behind the disease, not just the symptoms. Yoga also produces unique mental stability, makes a person more balanced in his perception and in Australia it is taught to prison inmates because it replaces the criminal mindset with positive energy.”

The Minister pointed out that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had mainstreamed Yoga into the country’s public system. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, a separate ministry has been created for Yoga –as part of AYUSH. It is part of the premier hospital system of the country –AIIMS – in six cities of India.

“You are the cream of our student community. I am sure that Yoga has seated itself in your already deeply scientific consciousness. Let it be the fulcrum and guide your creative spirit. That is why this term ‘Yoga Life’ has been created,” he said.

Dr Harsh Vardhan expanded the term –“Yoga Life” – to cover humankind’s responses to the problems bedevilling mankind and the future of the planet.

“Yoga is about unity – of the sun and the moon within you. If you take up the Yoga life, your body retains all the vigour of youth while your mind matures to absorb the concerns that shape progress. This happens only in individuals today, but once the Yoga Life becomes the establishment you will see remarkable changes in every sphere of society,” he said.

The Minister also attended a large camp organised in Kharagpur town by the Nehru Yuva Kendra and Patanjali Peeth. Hundreds of people turned up in response to the Prime Minister’s call to celebrate the goodness of Yoga.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “The people of Bengal have a rich tradition in Yoga. Sri Aurobindo devoted his life for Yoga. His life is for all the highest expression of Yoga. If only we follow a small part of his example, the country will surely achieve its maximum potential.”

He recalled the great propagation of Yoga’s wellness on an international scale by Paramahamsa Yogananda, another great Yogi from Bengal, in the first half of the 20th century.

“The Autobiography of a Yogi”, written by Yogananda in the early 1940s is one of the greatest bestsellers of the 20th century. Dr Harsh Vardhan urged huge audience to read the book as it is believed to have transformed many lives.

He said, “The great American president, Calvin Coolidge, embraced the Yoga Life after meeting Parmahamsa Yogananda. He became the United States’ premier Yogi and following his example thousands of ordinary Americans turned to Yoga. A huge Yoga centre was established in Los Angeles which still thrives.”

Earlier, yesterday evening, Dr Harsh Vardhan, visited the “Science and Technology Museum” within the campus of IIT Kharagpur. He was shown around the place by Dr Partho Chakrabarti, Director, and was impressed with its remarkable exhibits showcasing the products of the research of the eminent seat of learning and inquiry.

This was followed by a brainstorming session with the Director and Deans of different departments. He said that though IIT-Kharagpur was a leading centre of research under the IIT system, there was need for greater coordination and greater synergy with laboratories under the Centre of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MES).

Dr Harsh Vardhan remarked, “I see here that you are implementing projects of international value, and some are even sponsored by CSIR, DST, DBT and MoES. I think that there should be better networking and more sophisticated coordination between the IIT system and the laboratories under the Ministry of Science and Technology.”

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Yoga creates healthy mind, healthy body: Union minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal

The First International Yoga Day, which was celebrated across the globe today with the theme “Yoga for Harmony and Peace” was organized in a solemn yet colourful manner in Guwahati. Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) jointly organised the event under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India .

The programme, which registered a record turn-out of over 10,000 people from different walks of life, was held at the AAU Veterinary College Ground, Khanapara, Guwahati, began with a Yoga demonstration by the participants conducted by the Assam School of Yoga, which was followed by meditation and prayers for international brotherhood, peace, harmony and good health.

Addressing the participants, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for taking the initiative to get United Nations declare June 21 as International Yoga Day. Shri Sonowal in his speech also underlined the importance of Yoga in building a health body and healthy mind, which in the process would lead to a healthy society and health nation. He said,while everybody wants a healthy body and healthy mind, it is through simple yoga for a few minutes every day that can make a person healthy both in body and mind. While yoga has been a part of Indian culture since time immemorial, the nation must thank Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for having brought international recognition to it. It is a great moment of pride for India that 193 countries across the globe are observing the First International Yoga Day.

Shri Sonowal also congratulated the people of Guwahati for turning up in large numbers for the International Yoga Day, and particularly referred to the hard work put in by officials of NYKS, NSS and SAI in this regard. Delegations of youth and students who took part in the programme came from various institutions including Guwahati University and several Technical education institutes and social organisations.

Later, inaugurating a Youth Convention organized on the occasion of the First International Yoga Day, Governor of Assam and Nagaland Shri P B Acharya, lauded the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in taking Yoga to the international arena.

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