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Leaders and institutions celebrate International Yoga Day and laud benefits of Yoga
International Yoga Day was observed across India on June 21. Participating in the International Yoga Day celebrations organized by Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Vishwa Vidyalaya at the historic Red Fort grounds, here today, the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for popularizing Yoga and making it part of the school curriculum to promote healthy lifestyles and combat growing incidence of non-communicable diseases in the country, stated an official release.

He said, "Yoga is a way of life that entails simplicity, honesty, compassion, and respect for all creatures and nature. It is a lifestyle based on non-violence at every level ? in thoughts, feelings, words and actions?Yoga advocates that to the extent we reduce the external paraphernalia in our life, and even clear away the clutter of our mind, the more we will be able to concentrate and find inner peace."

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a Mass Yoga Demonstration at Ranchi today, on the occasion of International Day of Yoga and stated, "Let our motto be Yoga for peace, harmony and progress." He emphasized that Yoga must become part of the lives of the poor and the tribals, because they suffer the most on account of illness.

The Prime Minister said that today, from drawing rooms to board rooms, parks to sports complexes, and streets to wellness centres, Yoga has caught the imagination of people, informed a release.

In Mumbai, IDY was celebrated at OYC lawns in the picturesque background of Gateway of India at Department of Atomic Energy with a tagline of 'Festival of Yoga and Wellbeing'. "The positive effects of Yoga and promotion of healthy provision of certain diseases is a proven fact.  Various states have already shown positive effects of Yoga in managing stress-related disorders, respiratory allergies, anxiety neurosis, diabetes, coronary heart disease and rehabilitation of disables," stated another release.

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