It is time to take yoga to villages : PM Modi

On the fifth edition of International Yoga Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, hosted a grand event at Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi and said it is time to take yoga to villages. He has led at least 40,000 people in a mass session of exercise and meditation as millions across the country stretched and bend on the fifth edition of International Yoga Day.

“Now, I have to take the journey of modern yoga from the cities to the villages, to the poor and tribal’s house. I have to make yoga an integral part of the life of poor and tribal. Because it is poor who gets the most pain due to illness,” he said while addressing an event.

PM Modi extended good wishes to people, in India and across the globe on International Day of Yoga. “Today, lakhs of people have gathered in different parts of the world to celebrate Yoga Day. I thanked media to play an important role in promoting Yoga,” he said.

“I thank people across the world for joining the International Day of Yoga celebrations. World over, the first rays of the Sun are being welcomed by dedicated yoga practitioners, it’s a beautiful sight. I urge you all to embrace yoga and make it an integral part of your daily routine,” Modi said

“In today’s changing times, our focus must be on Wellness as well as protection from Illness. That is the power we get with Yoga, that is the feeling of Yoga and the ancient Indian philosophy,” he added.

Expressing concern that young people are becoming vulnerable to heart ailments, Modi said, “Yoga can play a huge role in tackling the issue and hence, this year’s theme is ‘Yoga for Heart’.”

Events to mark the day are being held across the country and several of them are being led by Union ministers, including Amit Shah, Smriti Irani, Rajnath Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan.

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