The theme of International Yoga Day 2018: Yoga for peace

The theme of International Yoga Day 2018: Yoga for peace

Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors were set to sprout all over the world Thursday, as the fourth annual International Yoga Day got under way. This form of tri-exercise is seen as one of the most relatable exercises to ease chronic pain, reduce blood pressure, insomnia and a host of other non-communicable diseases.

Initiated with a proposition by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, June 21 was proclaimed International Yoga Day by the United Nations on December 11, 2014. It has become a routine affair since then.

Sheikh said the Indian Consulate has been in the forefront in promoting yoga in Kingdom for the last three years.

"We will all live healthier and happier lives if we can incorporate some yoga into our lifestyle".

The word "yoga" has its origins in the ancient Sanskrit language and means "to attach, join, harness, yoke".

Sharing his opinion upon yoga, South Korean Consul General Lee Sang-Kyoun said, "Yoga is practiced by many people in Korea which is good for health and mind".

It is born of an "awareness of the unsatisfactory character of the human condition", says India specialist Tara Michael, author of the book "Yoga" published in France in 1980.

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Supporting the event this year was the Indian Business and Professional Group (IBPG) besides large corporates. "Yoga trains us to systematically sharpen and sensitise our emotions and consciously expand and diffuse the overtones of such sensitisation", she said. "As one of the key stakeholders in the socio-economic fabric of UAE, the leading organizations like Lulu Group, NMC Group, IBPG, etc have come together to sponsor this event, which now attracts nearly all the diverse nationalities residing in UAE", he said. Previous year he participated at an event at the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow.

"Delighted that Yoga has become so popular in China".

However in its present-day use, yoga is often no more than a form of exercise, Michael says. "It unites individuals, families, society, country and the world", he said. The record was created at 1.05 lakh and the counting of participants was still going on as it was estimated that almost 2 lakh people were present for the mass yoga camp.

This philosopher-monk stressed yoga's rational and scientific qualities in a bid to make the discipline compatible with the West.

"Many of our valued patients are from the UAE and the GCC and this event is a ideal opportunity to introduce yoga to the local community in a way that is educational and fun at the same time", says Saba.

He added, "For example yesterday (Wednesday), we went to the Corniche and in front of the Ritz Carlton area we held a "yoga vistar", did some yoga postures in the Red Sea beach area with the iconic 300 meters King Fahd Fountain in the backdrop". Thanks to the efforts of Nouf Marwaai, yoga has been popularized here.

Stories of a large number of people taking to yoga has come from different Gulf countries and around the world.

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