Strike a pose for International Yoga Day

Grant Boone
June 22, 2018

HUNDREDS of yoga enthusiasts of various levels of skills, ages and nationalities laid down their mats, relaxed and communed with nature as part of the celebration of World Yoga Day in the Kingdom on Thursday.

The Indian navy also released pictures of sailors doing yoga on board the world's oldest aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, decommissioned a year ago.

Well, the celebrations were not restrained to India only, Eastern naval command staff performed Yoga o board INS Jyothi in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam.

Several Saudi, Arab and other nationals, as well as volunteers belonging to Saudi and Arab Yoga Foundation participated in the event by performing yoga asanas (postures).

When asked whether yoga will be a force to better relations, Sheikh said, "Today you saw Dr. Alaa Alsharif, a community medicine doctor, talking about yoga".

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"In a world where non-communicable diseases, stress and lifestyle-related ailments are rising, yoga can play a central role in mitigating these diseases to create a healthy mind and body". "Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals", he said. "The practice of Yoga is important for positive thoughts".

"It's a very edifying experience I would say for the kind of participation we're seeing this year. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature".

He said that yoga has become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and well-being, which is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world. "Yoga is exactly doing that", he said.

In his message, the prime minister said: "Yoga is a set of equilibrium and equanimity".

Countries such as Afghanistan, Japan and Peru held yoga sessions, while Australia and South Africa celebrated on Monday. Noor Rahman Sheikh addressed the gathering in which he highlighted the Indian origin of Yoga, its benefits and appealed the participants to continue their enthusiasm towards Yoga and develop it in their daily exercise. "It can show the way in defeating tensions and mindless anxiety", Modi said on Twitter.

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