Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

India uses yoga diplomacy to assert rising global influence

India uses yoga diplomacy to assert rising global influence

On June 21, 2015, almost 35,985 people, including PM Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes in New Delhi the capital of India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in a mass yoga event to mark the International Day of Yoga in Ranchi, the state capital of Jharkhand in northeast India.

Yoga promotes health, well-being, and the unity of the body, mind, and soul through stretches, breath control, and meditation.

In line with its past tradition, the Western Naval Command is celebrating the International Yoga Day 2019 onboard Viraat, the decommissioned aircraft carrier that was once the flagship of the Indian Navy.

Yoga is source of tourism for India and also an opportunity for Modi - who recently won reelection in a landslide - to portray the country as a spiritual leader. Since 2015, the International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on June 21.

The envoys as well as several senior diplomats from India and other countries performed yoga postures in Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi's Chanakyapuri at a Yoga Day event hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs.

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An artiste, who has always pushed the idea of wellness, she spoke to the media about the importance of yoga. A true celebration. Happy International Yoga Day instafam. He also expressed concern about the rising heart-related problems among the youth in the country. "Yoga is for all and all are for yoga", Modi tweeted on Friday.

Indian yoga practitioners take part in a session on the International Day of Yoga at the 15th-century Adalaj Stepwell in Adalaj. The event will be held at the Prabhat Tara ground and around 30,000 people are expected to participate in it.

Modi previous year released a 2-minute video showing him practicing yoga on his lawn at the prime minister's residence.

During one of his previous yoga day speeches, the prime minister had said yoga has become one of the most powerful unifying forces in the world.

In his first year in power in 2014, Mr. Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to designate June 21 International Yoga Day. India take on Afghanistan on Saturday in the their next match.

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