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International Day of Yoga marked by a series of events at United Nations headquarters in New York
United Nation's headquarters in New York has been lit up for International Day of Yoga (IDY) like last year with the word 'Yoga' which was switched on by Bollywood actor Anupam Kher this time.

A yoga event 'Recharge at Battery Park' in New York  has been organised with several yoga sessions as well as an event called 'Yoga Session with Yoga Masters' at the UN headquarters on June 20 led by Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati and Swami Sivadasananda.

Also, an event called 'Conversation on Yoga for Health' has been at the UN partnered by the Department of Public Information and World Health Organisation.

This year, 72 students and teachers from the City Montessori School of Lucknow, India, are going to perform yogic exercises at the UN Headquarters in New York on the occasion of IDY-2017.

It has also been reported that a good number of New Yorkers participated in special yoga sessions organised at the Indian Consulate premises to commemorate the third IYD.

The idea of an International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi during his speech at the UN General Assembly in 2014 when he stated, "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."

After the adoption of the UN resolution, the first IYD was celebrated across the world on June 21in 2015.

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