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#08:30 AM: In pictures: International Yoga Day 2018: From China to America and Australia to Dubai, the world took to yoga mats to perform asanas on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2018.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a three-day visit to Surinamese will perform yoga asanas along with his counterpart Desire Delano Bouterse in Paramaribo. We have been practicing yoga since much before the International Yoga Day came into being. This form of tri-exercise is seen as one of the most relatable exercises to ease chronic pain, reduce blood pressure, insomnia and a host of other non-communicable diseases.

"Life in the UAE is very fast-paced and yoga is especially valuable in helping us counter the stresses of everyday life, in restoring a sense of calm", he said.

It is, however, an underestimated form of well-being in some parts of the world.

Sharing his opinion upon yoga, South Korean Consul General Lee Sang-Kyoun said, "Yoga is practiced by many people in Korea which is good for health and mind".

"Designed to help individuals build self-realisation, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation, (yoga) is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion", UNESCO added in a tweet.

Nitish Kumar, who himself is a regular yoga practitioner and is said to have learnt the ancient practice from noted exponents at the renowned Bihar School of Yoga at Munger, has been critical of the mass yoga drill organized on June 21 every year since 2015. "Nigerians are beginning to see benefits in spite of the religious beliefs attached to Yoga". Instead of furthering animosity, yoga assimilates. "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving", he added. In India, yoga practice is estimated to be a $1 billion market in less than five years.

On Wednesday, while greeting yoga enthusiasts across the world, the Prime Minister had said that this exercise is one of the most precious gifts given by the ancient Indian sages to humankind. She was the official instructor at the just concluded "Yoga for harmony and peace" programme organised by the High Commission of India In Abuja to mark the 4th International Day of Yoga. Thanks to the efforts of Nouf Marwaai, yoga has been popularized here. "We consider it as our duty and responsibility to be part of such social events which brings all the different communities together", he said.

Graphic on some of the foundational poses in yoga.

On December 11, 2014, India's representative to the United Nations, Asoke Mukherji, introduced a resolution to declare June 21, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and a day of special significance in many cultures throughout the world, as International Yoga Day. "As one of the key stakeholders in the socio-economic fabric of UAE, the leading organizations like Lulu Group, NMC Group, IBPG, etc have come together to sponsor this event, which now attracts nearly all the diverse nationalities residing in UAE", he said. The yogamarket in the U.S.is touted to be worth $16 billion. There is no party stand, as such, with regard to taking part in the celebrations.


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