Washington, June 22: Yoga, practiced by millions of Americans daily, underscores deep cultural ties between India and the US, the White House has said on the occasion of second International Day of Yoga.
"There are millions of Americans who benefit from the studious pursuit of yoga and there are many mental and physical health benefits associated with those who pursue this practice regularly," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
"It underscores the deep cultural ties between our two countries. It certainly is a way that the American people have benefited from the rich and ancient culture of India," Earnest said.
In December 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution with a record number of 177 co-sponsoring member states to declare June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.