Leading the celebrations of the third edition of the International Yoga Day in Lucknow at a rain-drenched Ramabai Amedkar Sthal, Modi said yoga was a path to attain wellness and was akin to a free life insurance. All pics/PTI
"There was a time when yoga was confined to sages meditating in the Himalayan caves. But now yoga is becoming a part of people's daily life not just in India but across the world," the Prime Minister said in his address to thousands.
The Prime Minister underlined that yoga in life was as important as salt in food. "Salt not just makes food tasty but also adds nourishment value to it. It is cheap and is used in very small quantity but none can deny its significance.
"More than fitness, more than being healthy, people now yearn for wellness. And there is no better way to attain wellness than yoga," said Modi.
The Prime Minister did yogic exercises and 'pranayam' as demonstrated by a group of yoga teachers on the stage.
He left after 15 minutes even as Naik, Adityanath and others continued to do yoga.
Narendra Modi called for standardisation of yoga and pointed out how the young were captivated by yoga, an age-old tradition propounded by saints and seers.
Yoga was a great medium to bring cohesion in the society, Modi said, adding no one in the world was questioning the benefits of yoga.
Speaking at the third edition of the International Yoga Day, Modi pointed out how the UN had accepted his proposal in record time to celebrate June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
Narendra Modi does shoulder exercises
Narendra Modi does pranayam at the event
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi did yogic exercises amid rains on International Yoga Day in Lucknow as he underlined the importance of yoga in connecting the global community and creating jobs
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