International Yoga Day 2019: From China To France And Saudi Arabia, Here's How The World Marked The Day

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The International Yoga Day that found its roots in India on June 21, 2015, was celebrated on the day across the world. 

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

The International Yoga Day that found its roots in India on June 21, 2015, was celebrated on the day across the world. 

From Paris to China and even the United Nations performed Yoga to mark the day. 

In breathtaking visuals from Paris, a large group of people gathered under the sun to perform Yoga with the Eiffel Tower at the backdrop of the frame. In visuals, people could be seen performing an array of asanas, guided by two Yoga performers on the podium and one instructor on the mic. 

Along with performing Yoga on the wrought-iron lattice Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, in China a massive sea of people could be seen performing yoga, wearing raincoats amid the drizzle. 

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With stunning ariel visuals of China's Wuhan, thousands performed Yoga with the Chinese architecture in the frame and soothing music in the background. Along with them, over than 200 Yogis gather at Qingdao University and China's capital city Beijing to practice Yoga. 

Even in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah, various Asanas was performed against the iconic King Fahd Fountain.

Over 400 people performed asanas to mark the International Day of Yoga at the picturesque Hatachana compound with India's envoy to Israel Pavan Kapoor in Tel Aviv. 

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Along with these countries, for the first time, Yoga was practised inside the General Assembly hall in New York.  '

Appealing to people to take yoga to all sections of society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said yoga is above everything, as he performed various asanas with around 40,000 enthusiasts at the Prabhat Tara ground here to mark the fifth International Day of Yoga.

Modi also urged people to make yoga an integral part of life.

"We should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages and tribal areas. Yoga is above religion, caste, colour, gender and region, it is above everything," he told the gathering.

The main event for the yoga day was held at the Jharkhand capital.

"It (yoga) is constant and evolving for centuries. The essence of yoga has been stable and remained the same -- healthy body, stable mind, spirit of oneness. Yoga has provided a perfect blend of knowledge, karma and bhakti," the prime minister said.    

Events to mark the day are being held across the globe and in India, several of them are being led by Union ministers, including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh. Modi also said the government has been working to make yoga a pillar of preventive healthcare.

(With PTI inputs) 

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