Ahead of the first International Day of Yoga (21 June), India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has called for yoga to become a ‘mass movement’, connecting people and ‘strengthening the bonds of humanity.’
Writing on Facebook, Modi also promised to share daily posts covering ‘various aspects of yoga’. ‘The entire global community has come together in support of celebrating this day’, he said.
Modi described witnessing ‘strong support’ turn into ‘immense enthusiasm’; ‘I am seeing several people and organisations across the world are working towards making the first ever International Day of Yoga a memorable event’, he said.
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A 35-minute mass demonstration of 15 yoga asanas, by 45,000 school children, government officials, diplomats, army personnel and NCC cadets, will be led by PM Narendra Modi in Rajpath at 06.45 on 21 June.
The event has been registered with Guinness World Records as the ‘largest yoga demonstration/class at single venue’. The current record for the largest yoga class at a singe venue is held by Vivekanand Kendra, who led 29,973 students through 18 minutes of Salutations to the Sun at Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India on 19 November 2005.
An official from AYUSH, the inter-ministerial group charged with organising the event, has reportedly written to all yoga gurus in India, inviting them to attend the event with their students so that the number is reached ‘comfortably’.