ASIAN AFFAIRS: World Celebrates International Yoga Day On 21st June

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The First International Yoga Day has been celebrated with great pomp and passion, as India created two new Guinness Records, for the largest number of participants in a yoga lesson at a single venue and for the most number of nationalities in a yoga lesson.

An official statement said that in the first category, for the largest number of participants in a yoga lesson at a single venue, the earlier record was 29,973. The congregation at Rajpath (New Delhi) on Sunday was 35,985, breaking the previous record.

TOPSHOTS-INDIA-HEALTH-YOGA Schoolchildren Performing Yoga In Chennai, India.

The second category was the most number of nationalities in a yoga lesson. To achieve this, participants from at least 50 countries were required to perform. Participants from 84 countries have taken part in the celebrations.

The Indian Government has also formed a new Ministry of Yoga, called AAYUSH, for which Shripad Yesso Naik as the Minister.

6fa76936ae93f91b790f6a706700e92cTaiwanese perform yoga poses at the start of International Yoga Day in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Equipped with yoga mats and humming the sounds of Om, over two thousand people in Taipei city performed the 108 rounds of the Sun Salutation Sunday marking the start of the International Yoga Day in a Taipei university’s soccer field. 

52e56127893ef31b790f6a7067000678 A young Exile Tibetan practices yoga at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015.

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, had called for June 21st to be adopted as International Yoga Day, which was subsequently approved by the United Nations on December 11, 2014.

f2662579aed1fa1b790f6a7067009330 Kaula Lampur, Malaysia, celebrates International Yoga Day.

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Thousands of people participate in a yoga exercise at Chulalongkorn University field, marking the International Day of Yoga in Bangkok, Thailand.

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People Performing Asanas in Times Square, New York

192 Member countries have taken part in the celebrations with the exception of Pakistan.

d6be2caaaee3fb1b790f6a7067009245 Prime Minister Modi doing Yoga in Rajpath, New Delhi.

Courtesy: AFP, AP

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