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Israelis mark Yoga Day on 1500 mats depicting the future

25 June 2017

"The growing demand for yoga teachers has created a new job market world-over", he said.

Mr Modi, a teetotal vegetarian who practises yoga daily, led about 50,000 people in an early morning session in Lucknow, the capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The Third International Yoga Day was also celebrated in Russian Federation in which hundreds of people took part and performed various yogic exercises.

As participants at the sprawling Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan used mats to cover themselves from the rain, Modi chuckled: "I knew yoga benefits very well but Lucknowites today taught me the benefits and use of yoga mats as well". He said that the regular practice of yoga helps in promoting fitness of mind and body leading to a lovely life.

Chidanand told ANI that the day had become successful due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister said yoga has cut across linguistic and cultural barriers to unite various regions of the world - just like it links the mind, body and soul.

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Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff and social activist Shantilal Mutha were also present and they attended the hour-long yoga session organised in Worli.

Elsewhere in NY, a large number of people, including from the Indian community, participated in special yoga sessions organised by the Indian Consulate in NY.

He explained that it was an important project he was embarking on because much as yoga exercises work on the entire body, it contributes a lot also to the learning processes of young people.

Wearing a white t-shirt and loose pants, Modi performed Yoga. Recognising its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

Police in New Delhi closed roads to make room for a mass yoga session held amid tight security in the heart of the Indian capital.

Hundreds, spotting branded t-shirts with matching trainers and sneakers thronged the forecourt of the State House in Accra last Saturday, to participate in interesting Yoga exercises; some for the first time.

Israelis mark Yoga Day on 1500 mats depicting the future