Nepal celebrates Yoga Day with enthusiasm

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Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Yoga has become one of the unifying forces of the world.

"The world has embraced yoga and proof of this can been seen in how the International Yoga Day has been marked", the Prime Minister said, adding that "Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, constant yet evolving".

Yoga connect people from different nations and different walks of life, it fosters a sense of harmony among fellow beings and with the rest of the universe.

While calling the Modi's proposal at the United Nations for holding an International Yoga Day "historic", Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said yoga not only leads to wellness but also happiness.

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"It would be no exaggeration to say that yoga has been appreciated a lot by the western world".

"From Tokyo to Toronto, from Stockholm to Sao Paulo, Yoga has become a positive influence in the lives of millions", Modi told participants on the lush green lawns. Yoga is attractive because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving, he said.

Modi inaugurated the "YO1 Nature Cure Center" in the Catskills area of NY through a video link on the occasion of 4th International Day of Yoga.

The word yoga originates from Yuja, a Sanskrit word which means, "to join or to unite", symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. People of all ages and nationalities performed yoga in unison. A research exercise was undertaken on the spot by all present to introspect on reasons for not adopting yoga in their daily routine, said the statement.

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"Designed to help individuals build self-realisation, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation, (yoga) is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion", UNESCO added in a tweet.

"It will thus be a responsible member of the community", he said, adding that the facility will also work to bring the benefit of yoga to all those who come here and contribute significantly to the wellness movement in the US.

In South Africa's Pretoria, the Yoga Day was celebrated at the historic township of Soweto, where a large group of school children took part in group sessions.

Prior to the celebrations marking International Yoga Day, the Muktinath temple in Nepal took Yoga to a higher level when monks, spiritual teachers and locals practiced Yoga Asansas at an elevation of 12500ft above sea level on June 17, 2018. Breath is the most attractive gift and yoga makes people realize that.

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