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The first International Day of Yoga: 21st June

Today, 21 June, is the first International Day of Yoga and it’s really gaining some momentum.
It’s impressive that The United Nations General Assembly declared 21 June the International Day of Yoga in December 2014, when a record 175 member states endorsed the resolution. The resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.”
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Around the world people are planning yoga events throught the day which also coincides with the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.
India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi led thousands of people in a mass yga session in the capital, Delhi who did stretches, bends and breathing exercises with around 35,000 school children, bureaucrats and soldiers.Millions of people across India and around the world are participating too. At the UN, simple yoga poses will be demonstrated at the Visitors Plaza Entrance, while in Times Square, New York – which has had a yoga event timed with the solstice for the past 13 years.

There’s even going to be yoga in the sky with Indian budget airline SpiceJet, yoga having yoga instructors and crew members undertaking a “High on Yoga@35000 Feet”. Passengers on a number of flights will be encouraged to participate in yoga exercises from their seats.

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