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International Yoga Day 2018: PM Modi, Baba Ramdev join millions of Indians in celebrations | See pics and videos

Yoga is beautiful because it has the best of our past and presents and a ray of hope for our future, PM Modi said at the opening address of the International Yoga Day 2018 celebrations at FRI in Dehradun.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: June 21, 2018 13:16 IST ]
International Yoga Day 2018: PM Modi joina millions of
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International Yoga Day 2018: PM Modi joina millions of Indians in celebrations 

India kicked off International Yoga Day 2018 with over 5000 events across the country on Thursday, June 21. The main event was held at Dehradun where Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed yoga with over 55 thousand people. Before this, PM Modi had spearheaded Yoga Day celebrations in Delhi's Rajpath in 2015, Chandigarh's Capital Complex in 2016 and Lucknow's Rambai Ambedkar Sabha in 2017. This is the fourth year of International Yoga Day. 

Another major event was held in Rajasthan's Kota where Baba Ramdev presided over a record breaking crowd of nearly 2 lakh people performing yoga along with CM Vasundhara Raje. 

Highlights of International Yoga Day 2018 from across the world: 

Watch PM Modi's full speech at International Yoga Day 2018 celebrations in Dehradun here: 

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10:27 am: Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, 85, also took part in the International Yoga Day by performing asanas at his home in Bengaluru.

10:15 am: It is not a question about JDU. I know more than a dozen people present here who are from JDU. Don't people from RJD and JDU practice Yoga? It is not necessary that everyone comes out to participate: Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi on reports of JDU not participating in International Yoga Day.

10:00 am: India TV chairman and editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma participates in International Yoga Day event at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi. 

India Tv - IndiaTV chairman Rajat Sharma at an International Yoga Day event in New Delhi.

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IndiaTV chairman Rajat Sharma at an International Yoga Day event in New Delhi.

09:30 am: Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani participate in International Yoga Day events in Mumbai and Chandigarh respectively. "I thank people for participating in large numbers," says Smriti Irani.

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09:12 am: Personnel on board Indian Naval Ships Shakti and Kamorta of the Indian Navy's Eastern fleet, presently on a deployment in western Pacific ocean and south east Asia, practice Yoga on International Yoga Day. 

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08:45 am: I want it to become a people's movement because it is not something political or religious, it is for betterment of our lives. It shouldn't be just for one day, it should be a part of our daily lives: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says after participating in International Yoga Day event in Mumbai

08:30 am: Union Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP MLA from Noida Pankaj Singh perform Yoga in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

08:15 am: Maharashtra: Navy personnel perform Yoga on board INS Virat, which is stationed in Mumbai. 

08:09 am: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu performs Yoga in Amaravati

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08:00 am: Baba Ramdev makes it to Guinness Book of World Record by presiding over largest crowd practicing yoga.The award was conferred by two observers of the book of records organisation present at the ceremony.

07:55 am: Arunachal Pradesh: Indo Tibetan Border Police jawans perform 'River Yoga' in Digaru river, in Lohitpur

07:44 am: Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao performs yoga at Raj Bhavan

07:40 am: India Tv - International Yoga Day 2018 was celebrated on June 19 by the Indian Embassy in Japan.

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International Yoga Day 2018 was celebrated on June 19 by the Indian Embassy in Japan.

07:30 am: India Tv - A display of yoga postures through laser light beams on UN Secretariat wall to commemorate International Day of Yoga 2018, in New York, US.

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A display of yoga postures through laser light beams on UN Secretariat wall to commemorate International Day of Yoga 2018, in New York, US.

07:20 pm: Eastern naval command staff perform yoga on board INS Jyothi in Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam. Eastern Naval Command's submarine staff also participated in International Yoga Day 2018.

07:10 am: PM Modi begins Yoga routine along with over 55 thousand people at FRI in Dehradun.  According to sources, a special stage was built for PM Modi , but he chose to practice yoga amid people

07:07 am: Pm Modi's speech ends, now he will join the crowd at mats to perform yoga. 

Watch PM Modi's full speech at International Yoga Day 2018 celebrations in Dehradun here: 

07:05 am: The way to lead a calm, creative & content life is Yoga. It can show the way in defeating tensions and mindless anxiety. Instead of dividing, Yoga unites. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates. Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals: PM

07:00 am: Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving. It has the best of our past and presents and a ray of hope for our future. In Yoga, we have the perfect solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society: PM

​06:57 am: The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year. Infact, Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being: PM

6:56 am: The proposal for International Yoga Day in the United Nations was first to be sponsored by maximum number of countries and was passed is shortest period of time. And today every country in the world has a sense of ownership for the day: PM Modi

06:54 am: From Dehradun to Dublin, the world is celebrating yoga with the rising sun - a proud moment for India: PM

06:52 am: In today's fast changing time, Yoga binds together a persons body, brain and soul, hence making one experience a feeling of peace: PM Modi 

06:50 am: PM Modi addresses crowd in Dehradun at International Yoga Day

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06:40 am: Massive crowds practicing yoga at New Delhi's Rajpath. PM Modi had made a record by conducting a Yoga session with people of 84 countries in one place in 2015. 

Watch Baba Ramdev performing yoga at Rajasthan's Kota

06:30 am: PM Modi reaches FRI campus in Dehradun to preside over International Yoga Day celebrations. 

06:29 am: In a short while from now, PM Narendra Modi will be joining the Yoga Day programme at the FRI campus in Dehradun.

06:10 am: International Yoga Day, started as an initiative by the Modi government, is now celebrated across the globe. 

06:08 am: On International Yoga Day greetings to all those practicing yoga across the globe. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn’t belong to India alone. It is part of humanity’s intangible heritage. I invite you to explore and celebrate yoga wherever you are: President Kovind

06:00 am: Ahead of the Yoga day, the prime minister posted a video on his Twitter handle giving a message that yoga is a “passport” to health assurance and not just a set of exercises that keep the body fit. “Yoga is the journey from ‘me’ to ‘we’. It promises balance, calm, helps boost concentration and gives immense strength. As we approach the #4thYogaDay, I urge people around the world to make Yoga a part of their lives (sic),” Modi had tweeted.

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