Melbourne, June 21: As India and many foreign countries mark the inaugural International Day of Yoga, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abott on Sunday, June 21, sent his wishes and commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts of sharing Yoga with the global community.
Indian High Commissioner of India to Australia, Navdeep Singh Suri, shared Abott's message on the micro-blogging site Twitter. [Live Updates: International Yoga Day]
The message reads: "I am pleased to provide this message for the first International Day of Yoga".
"For thousands of years, yoga has provided its followers with a guide to bringing their mind, body and spirit into balance."
"The International Day of Yoga is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the benefits of yoga"
"Yoga's universal and growing popularity demonstrates its appeal to people from all the walks of life and its great potential to foster better health among individuals and populations around the world."
"I commend the Honourable Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and the High Commission of India in Australia, for their efforts to share this valuable and ancient discipline with the global community."
"Australia is delighted to be part of the inaugural International Day of Yoga. In communities right around our country, tens of thousands of Australians have embraced yoga as part of their daily health and exercise routine."
"Australia and India share a language, a heritage and a history, and events like this are an opportunity to further strengthen the warm ties between our two countries."
"I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating the first International Day of Yoga", Abott said in his message.