Yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch (L), 98, social activist Anna Hazzare (C) and 93-year-old Indian yoga practioner Nanammal (R) take part in a mass yoga session on International Yoga Day at the Shree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on June 21, 2017.
Yoga has connected the world with India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said June 21 as he rolled his mat along with millions of others across the globe to celebrate the traditional practice. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch (L), 98, social activist Anna Hazzare (C) and 93-year-old Indian yoga practioner Nanammal (R) take part in a mass yoga session on International Yoga Day at the Shree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on June 21, 2017. Yoga has connected the world with India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said June 21 as he rolled his mat along with millions of others across the globe to celebrate the traditional practice. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN

Bengaluru: World’s oldest Yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch and India’s oldest Yoga guru Amma Nannamal demonstrated various asanas in Bengaluru at Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium today on the occasion of the third International Yoga Day. Along with the two nonagenarians, social activist Anna Hazare and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar were also present in the venue to mark the day.

Meanwhile, even as rain played a bit of a spoilsport in many places like Lucknow and Delhi, the nation gathered in large numbers at various parks and public places across the country today to mark the third International Day of Yoga brimming with excitement and energy.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow. The entire world has been equally thrilled and pumped up to observe the occasion, taking a pledging to keep their body, mind and soul fit. The age-old Indian practice has brought people from different culture and countries together and this could be clearly seen from the zeal and enthusiasm with which the people across the globe are practicing yoga.

Prime Minister Modi while addressing the gathering on this day in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow said that Yoga has become an integral part of every Indian household. Conveying his greetings to all those who joined the Yoga Day 2017 celebrations across India and the world, Prime Minister Modi said Yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India.

“I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. Apart from fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness,” Prime Minister Modi said. An International day for Yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014.

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