Yoga performed inside UN General Assembly hall for first time

People performed yoga across the world today as June 21 was acknowledged as International Yoga Day unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. All the Indian missions across the world were asked to celebrate the International Day of Yoga in a grand manner and a video message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sent to all embassies for screening at the beginning of the yoga protocol.

On the occasion of International Yoga Day, Yoga was practised inside the United Nations General Assembly hall for the first time as it rained outside in New York. “I hope this indoor yoga session in General Assembly hall, the first of its kind, will reinforce values of cleaner, greener and more sustainable future that all of you yogis are committed to International Day of Yoga,” said Syed Akbaruddin.

“It was here that an ancient practice was transformed into an annual global observance. Hence we always observe the occasion with zest and fervour at the UN,” said Akbaruddin.

“The High Commission of India in Islamabad will celebrate the day this time on June 22, on its premises, where diplomats, High Commission staff and Pakistani yoga enthusiasts are expected to join in,” said Ajay Bisaria, Indian envoy to Pakistan.

People performed Yoga in Janaki Temple premises in Janakpur, Nepal, at an event organised by the Embassy of India.Manjeev Singh Puri, the Indian envoy to Nepal said that It doesn’t get any higher as it was absolutely wonderful to have people in the Everest region celebrating yoga.

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