HUNDREDS of yoga enthusiasts of various levels of skills, ages and nationalities laid down their mats, relaxed and communed with nature as part of the celebration of World Yoga Day in the Kingdom on Thursday.
The Indian navy also released pictures of sailors doing yoga on board the world's oldest aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, decommissioned previous year.
Times of Oman's TFM is the official media partner for the event that will be held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat at 7.15 pm today. "Yoga also helps in relief from stress due to the changing lifestyles", Naidu said. While sharing the benefits of Yoga, Modi said that Yoga has become a movement across the world and shown a path from illness to wellness.
Sheikh said the Indian Consulate has been in the forefront in promoting yoga in Kingdom for the last three years.
"I invite you to explore and celebrate yoga wherever you are".
The emphasis on these postures and their sequences, such as the famous Sun Salutations, is a recent development, says India specialist Sita Reddy in "Yoga, The Art of Transformation" (2013).
Oyinye Ugwueke, a Yoga Instructor and CEO of Olifestyleholistic, is one of the few certified Yoga Instructors in Nigeria.
At least 5,000 events big and small took place across India, but the largest was expected to be in Mysore in the south with more than 60,000 taking part, according to organisers. "It is a very positive practice, and a good way to balance life", he said, adding, "Yoga has nothing to do with religion and race as it is purely a breathing exercise that manages human body".
In December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, with the aim to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga and in recognition of its universal appeal. "Arabic Fusion Yoga is now a popular addition", she said.
"As the Sun is for all, the Moon is for all, rivers are for all, in the same way yoga is for all", he said.
President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a three-day visit to Surinamese will perform yoga asanas along with his counterpart Desire Delano Bouterse in Paramaribo.
#07:05 AM: Yoga India's gift to the world, says Modi: "Yoga is India's gift to the world". We have been practicing yoga since much before the International Yoga Day came into being.
Troops guarding the world's highest battleground on the Siachen glacier, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, did yoga routines at an altitude of around 18,000 feet (5,486 m).
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