Millions mark 1st Yoga Day

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Bengaluru/ New Delhi, June 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, June 21 joined an estimated 37,000 people on the Rajpath in performing yoga in record-breaking attempt to mark the International Yoga Day.

Participants performed 35 yoga asanas in 35 minutes at a session at Rajpath to mark the first International Yoga Day. The mass yoga session included exercises, pranayam and mediation.

Among the asanas performed were tadasana (palm tree posture), vakrasana (tree posture), bhadrasana (firm posture) and bhujangasana (cobra posture).

Here are the Live Updates of the first International Yoga Day:


4:40 pm: A few pictures of the day.

2.45 pm: "Lalu ji will also benefit from Yoga if he starts practicing it", says BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi.

2.30 pm: Differently-abled children practice Yoga in Delhi.

2.15 pm: Unique protest by Youth Congress in Delhi against Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi issue.

2.00 pm: "If Yoga is brought in our school curriculum it will bring a morale boost, gv strength to individuals", says UNion minister Sadananda Gowda.

1.45 pm: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, actress-politician Hema Malini and Shilpa Shetty among others have encouraged fans to make Yoga a part of their daily routine, on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

1.35 pm: International Day of Yoga observed at 14 venues across Meghalaya with the Governor V Shanmuganathanactively taking part in the session.

1.30 pm: Poland celebrates first international day of yoga.

1.25 pm: In Melbourne, over 500 people gathered at the Springers Leisure Centre to kick off the day with 'Surya Namaskar'.

1.20 pm: Budget carrier SpiceJet promotes yoga mid-air on selected flights.

1.05 pm: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju participates in the International Yoga Day celebration by performing several asanas at Visakhapatnam.

1.00 pm: 192 countries mark the first International Yoga Day.

12.55 pm: The Gujarat government will try to introduce yoga as a regular practice in schools, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel says.

12.30 pm: "Yoga has been practiced in this country for centuries. It is unfortunate that Yog should be used as a party to further its ideology, that goes against the very spirit of Yog", says Congress leader RPN Singh.

12.20 pm: More than 4,000 yoga enthusiasts participate in a two-hour programme held at 50 centres across Singapore.

12.15 pm: "Yoga shows the way to consumption that is healthy, balanced and in tune with nature", says PM Narendra Modi.

12 noon: "Yoga helps in opening and refining of hearts, emotions leading to greater compassion, mutual understanding and sensitivity to needs of others", says PM Modi.

11.50 am: "A Yogi is a person who is in harmony with himself, his body, surroundings and nature. Yoga is a way to achieve that harmony", says PM Modi.

11.45 am: I'm grateful to international community for support, this support is not just for India, it's for the great tradition of Yoga. The reach and spread of Yoga cuts across differences of color, caste and creed", says PM Modi.

11.42 am: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu participates in a yoga session in Kochi to mark the International Yoga Day.

11.40 am: "When I spoke at UN General Assembly,little did I know about the kind of unprecedented response our proposal would receive", says PM Narendra Modi.

11.38 am: Two girls on their way to school to attend Yoga session, killed and three others injured after being hit by a car in Jamvadi village near Gondal town in Rajkot district, Gujarat.

11.35 am: Over 3000 military personnel, NCC Cadets & students perform Yoga at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

11.00 am: PM Narendra Modi attends International Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health in Delhi.

10.45 am: Urvashi, a class sixth student of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya had a dream to meet PM Modi, which came true with the yoga day event. "We were very excited to participate in this function. But when we got to know that PM will also be there, we became even more very happy. We wanted to see him since long," she said.

10.40 am: "Pakistan should rethink about its stance on Yoga", says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Kolkata.

10.30 am: Today is a very special day, India has given the world the knowledge of Yoga. Yoga will become a huge industry and we want it all to be "Make In India", says Baba Ramdev.

10.25 am: Yoga is India's biggest gift to the world, says Home MInister Rajnath Singh.

10.15 am: Indian Army personnel celebrate Yoga on the icy heights of Himalayas.

10.00 am: US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma and Foreign Secretary Jaishankar get together during the Yoga Day celebrations.

8.46 am: In Bengaluru, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty performs Yoga at Sree Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium.

8.45 am: Bali and Jakarta come together for International Yoga Day.

8.40 am: Yoga dawn in Fiji, one of the first to celebrate the first International Yoga Day today. 

8.30 am: In Assam, the state health and family welfare department organised a programme to celebrate International Yoga Day at Sarusajai Indoor Stadium here from 6.45 am onwards.

8.15 am: In Agra, Uttar Pradesh, BJP leaders Om Mathur, Ram Shankar Katheria are among those who attended the yoga day programme at the Agra College sports ground.

In Mathura too, many soldiers and ther families participates in the yoga sessions at a ground in the cantonment area.

In Vrindavan, hundreds of devotees including foreign 'bhakts' of Sri Krishna-Radha participates in the session.

8.00 am: "Today on International Yoga Day let us take a pledge to practice Yoga everyday for a better physical, mental & spiritual health", says Finance minister Arun Jaitley.

7.50 am: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expresses his excitement at the first International Day of Yoga during his meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

7.45 am: Donning a tracksuit, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar participates in state-level events to mark the inaugural International Yoga Day. Yoga guru Ramdev's close aide Bal Krishan is among the prominent personalities in Karnal.

7.40 am: Union Minister Piyush Goyal takes part in International Day of Yoga in Mumbai. "The power that Yoga has towards strengthening body and mind is incomparable", says Goyal.

7.36 am: Yoga session concludes at Rajpath. PM Narendra Modi interacts with people, as they look relaxed and calm, after performing 35 minutes of yoga.

7.34 am: Shanti path being performed.

7.31 am: Meditation (dhyan asana) begins.

7.30 am: Indian Coast Guard personnel and others performs at Noida on International Yoga Day.

7.29 am: Bhramari pranayam begins.

7.27 am: Anulom Vilom asana (Nadi shodhana paranayam) is being performed now.

7.26 am: The final phase of Yoga asana begins.

7.25 am: Kapalbhati asana begins.

7.20 am: Senior BJP leader L K Advani and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani participates in yoga camps held in Himachal Pradesh

7.18 am:

7.15 am: Vakrasana begins.

7.10 am:

7.04 am:

7.02 am: 

Watch Live Yoga day programme here:

7.00 am: PM Narendra Modi concludes his Yoga Day address to the nation.

6.55 am: This is the beginning of a new era. I bow down to the sages who encouraged Yoga through centuries: PM.

6.50 am: "Did anyone ever imagine that Rajpath can be a "Yoga-path"?: PM Narendra Modi

6.45 am: PM Narendra Modi addresses gathering at Rajpath for International Day of Yoga celebrations.

6.42 am: "Yoga can unite ppl, help them resolve conflicts; Yoga can definitely improve communication & ppl-to-ppl connection", says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

6.40 am:  "I wish that everyone finds peace and happiness through Yoga", says President Pranab Mukherjee.

6.30 am: First ever #InternationalDayofYoga today, celebrations to begin soon at Rajpath.

6.15 am: "I pray to God that everyone who joins in today's celebration has a happy & content life", says BJP President Amit Shah in Patna.

6.00 am: "Yoga is very essential, but it isnt something to do politics over", says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

5.00 am: International Yoga Day: EAM Sushma Swaraj meets UN Secretary General and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in New York.

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