International Yoga Day: Global celebration of India's age-old tradition


Florine Roche

Jun 16: "That you can please some people sometime but can’t please all the people all the time" is evident from the opposition to International Yoga Day to be observed worldwide on June 21. When Narendra Modi government had appealed to the UNO to adopt June 21 every year as International Day of Yoga during his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, he had not expected that he would get such overwhelming support with 177 nations supporting the resolution. While the international community supported this move with a consensus resolution, our Prime Minister might not have expected to run into trouble in the home front. Some Muslim and Catholic leaders were vocal in their opposition to Yoga even as government machinery began to work overtime to make June 21 a memorable day and also to create Guinness record in the process.

While some Muslims are opposed to chanting of ‘OM’ and Suryanamaskar Catholic Bishops Conference of India have expressed their displeasure because June 21 this year comes on a Sunday which is considered ‘sacred’ for Catholics. This opposition is not confined just to India. Retired Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz stirred up a debate last month when he wrote in the blog spot of a Florida based Catholic organisation saying "Catholics should steer clear of yoga because of its basis in Hinduism and to take up other methods of exercise and doesn’t place the faith in unnecessary danger".

Lot of debates and discussions have been held by various media on this issue after some groups openly criticized the move of the government to observe drills in schools on 21 as part of International Yoga Day. With opposition to Yoga day pouring in from various quarters Modi government responded positively saying participating in Yoga on 21 is not compulsory and has even axed Suryanamaskar for the yoga drill scheduled to be performed on 21 June. While government braved this opposition from minorities it is the political parties who are into a tug of war over the issue. The opposition is quick to turn guns on the Modi Government saying the government has given a religious colour to it. Of course some ruling party members also aggravated the controversy with their irresponsible statements like Swami Adithyanath who had the cheek to say ‘those who oppose Yoga should leave Hindustan’. Such statements only added fuel to the fire.

For the opposition this is quite a piquant issue in the sense that by UN declaring it as an international day Yoga has received a big push and pan global appeal to India’s age-old traditions and has brought India to the centre stage. It is sure to give a big fillip to India’s tourism and the government has already come out with some draft policy in this regard. Yoga has already created quite a buzz in the international arena and this is proved when 175 nations supported the resolution. Yoga is part of the health and fitness regime of people all over the world. Our big neighbour China has been a very vocal supporter of Yoga because Chinese people have taken to yoga in a big way. Yoga is a part of our great heritage and observing International Yoga Day is sure to make millions of people all over the world aware of the tenets of yoga.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar belittled the importance of Yoga day when he made that vituperative and personal comment against BJP President Amit Shah. Mayavati has now joined the bandwagon saying she supports International yoga day but is against BJP and its offshoots trying to play dirty game in the name of yoga. For the opposition it is quite a piquant situation because opposing it will prove dearer to them in the sense that it has brought international focus on India and is a matter of great pride for All Indians. Supporting it would be like giving the Modi government a shot in the arm.

It would be wise if political parties and self-styled religious leaders leave the decision in this regard to the individuals rather than whip up communal and religions sentiments to the celebrations. If 47 Muslim countries have supported the UN resolution it is a pity that some of our janus-faced leaders have tried to create controversy by giving a religious tone and colour to Yoga and observance of international yoga day as per UN resolution.

Instead of political parties and religious leaders taking a collective decision on behalf of the people it should be left to individuals to do what is good for them and for their health. Extensive research has been done on Yoga which has brought to the fore the scientific basis of yoga benefits. Yoga is now recognised as a therapy. People are smart enough to know what is good or bad to them or their children. The government has clearly said that practicing yoga is not compulsory on World Yoga Day. If people find yoga beneficial as a therapy and as a health and fitness regime why religious or political leaders should interfere and create a fracas?

Let yoga spread its fragrance throughout the length and breadth of the globe and prove to be a gift of Indians to the global community. At this juncture I would like to quote Russian Dy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s cool piece of advice to the US during the height of annexation of Crimea in April 2014, much before Modi government came to power. He had jocularly said "Americans should practice yoga and watch sitcoms in order to help them chill out". Though it is meant to be a jibe it is surely an endorsement of the benefits of yoga.

  

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  • Dr R K S Rathore, Agra, India

    Thu, Jun 25 2015

    Now that the IYD is over and its impact was felt with more vigour and volume, we should try to get benefit from the common yogasana protocol provided by Govt. of India. The eight limbs of Patanjali yogasutra have been redisigned in eight steps, starting with a Prayer from Rigveda to the Shantipath of 'Sarve bhavantu sukhina...

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 18 2015

    Sam,

    Good to see you here after long time.

    Now, you cant really compare a Bus to the Sun. Sun has been revered as god in many religions of the past and present. Many of which arrived at that conclusion independently. So i was merely stating that if anything that requires veneration that would be Sun.

    Given below are some of the benefits sun gives us which a bus doesnt :

    Life as humans understand it isn't possible on Earth without the sun because water would be frozen. Because the Earth is just the right distance from the sun, its water is liquid. On the inner planets Mercury and Venus, any water exists in the form of steam on Mars and planets beyond it, any water takes the form of ice.

    Plants, which are called "producers" because they make their food from just sunlight and inorganic minerals, are necessary to support life. Organisms that eat other organisms, or "consumers," eat either plants or other organisms that eat plants.
    Energy from the sun is stored in various ways on Earth, not just in food. Sunlight is necessary to produce hydrocarbons such as coal, which is fossilized plant matter, and petroleum, which is fossilized zooplankton and algae. Modern society would not function well without hydrocarbons.

    Even ancient people used the fossil fuels, animal fats, manure and wood made possible by sunlight to cook food and heat their homes.

    ''Our Sun is a second- or third-generation star. All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff.''
    - Carl Sagan

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  • sam, world

    Fri, Jun 19 2015

    Zeitgeist, your comment on creating a Kamasutra day was apt.

    With regards to worshiping the Bus, we can conceive that if the Sun has and is being worshiped, there is room for worshiping the Bus also. I agree that the Sun provides many benefits, but a similar list of benefits can be made for the Bus. One cannot escape the fact that vehicles are part of our society ever since the discovery of the wheel. Just as the Bus can cause problems, the Sun can also cause problems. For e.g., a few solar flares directed to Earth.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 19 2015

    Sam,

    Why can't we consider solar flare as god's(here Sun) warth for sinful ways of human. Moreover bus was invented by humans and cant be revered as God and your argument falls flat.

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  • sam, world

    Fri, Jun 19 2015

    Zeitgeist,

    Transportation resulting in damaged goods could also be considered as the Bus' wrath.

    I do find it interesting that you say Bus was created by humans and cannot be revered as God.

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  • sam, world

    Fri, Jun 19 2015

    Zeitgeist,

    Transportation resulting in damaged goods could also be considered as the Bus' wrath.

    I do find it interesting that you say Bus was created by humans and cannot be revered as God.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 20 2015

    Sam,

    Again I want point out that sun revered as God is not my idea. I was just pointing out that sun has been revered as God by different civilizations at different point of time in human history.

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  • Shanthipriya, Bangalore

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Which of these asanas they are going to perform on yoga day?


    1. Adho Mukha Svanasana ,
    2. Aekpaadprasarnaasana,
    3. Anantasana Anjaneyasana
    4. Ardha Candrasana
    5. Ardha Matsyendrasana
    6. Akarna Dhanurasana
    7. Astavakrasana
    8. Adho Mukha Vrksasana
    9. Baddha Konasana
    10. Bakasana
    11. Balasana
    12. Bharadvajasana
    13. Bhekasana
    14. Bhujangasana
    15. Bhujapidasana
    16. Chakrasana
    17. Chaturanga Dandasana
    18. Dandasana
    19. Dhanurasana
    20. Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana
    21. Eka Pada Koundinyasana I
    22. Eka Pada Koundinyasana II
    23. Garbhasana
    24. Garudasana
    25. Gomukhasana
    26. Halasana
    27. Hanumanasana
    28. Hasta Uttanasana
    29. Janusirsasana
    30. Kakasana
    31. Kapotasana
    32. Kukkutasana
    33. Kurmasana
    34. Makarasana
    35. Malasana
    36. Matsyasana
    37. Mayurasana
    38. Natarajasana
    39. Navasana
    40. Padahastasana
    41. Padmasana
    42. Parivrtta trikonasana
    43. Paschimottanasana
    44. Pashasana
    45. Pavanamuktasana
    46. Rajakapotasana
    47. Salabhasana
    48. Samakonasana
    49. Sarvangasana
    50. Shavasana
    51. Siddhasana
    52. Simhasana
    53. Sirsasana
    54. Sukhasana
    55. Supta
    56. Virasana
    57. Tadasana
    58. Trikonasana
    59. Tulasana
    60. Urdhva Hastasana
    61. Urdhvamukhasvanasana
    62. Ustrasana
    63. Utkatasana
    64. Uttana Shishosana
    65. Uttanasana
    66. Uttanapadasana

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  • TOM CAT, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    International Yoga Day to be observed worldwide on June 2 is the death of Hegdeshwar the founder of RSS, his birth day was April 1 thats april fools day so all rss who practice yoga are f**l$.

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  • CHRIS, DUBAI

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Yoga is overrated ,i dont have anything against it .it can be performed without chanting any mantras or whatever too. .Christians can skip the soorya namaskar or any other form of idol worship and perform it.

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  • The Guru, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    CHRIS, DUBAI

    Dont you think as a human being we need to first offer our prayers to Sun assuming its a god for simplpe reason that without Sun the earth will end in matter of seconds..

    Note: Hope we dont Sun as per our religion, All relgion can see only 1 sun

    We people are so inhuman these days that we dont even care our nature

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  • Indian, DXB

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Dont be stupid ... The Guru....

    If Sun is god for giving light, then What is air ??? Can u live 5 mins without air ??? So air is greater GOD ???

    Imagine you are blind , then what is the use of light for you?????

    In Hyderabad people are dying because of SUN... DOnt be so stupid.... SUN is just doing the assigned to it , just like any other creation of GOD.... Pray to the creator of the SUN, MOON AIR, everything in the universe...

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  • The Guru, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Indian, DXB

    Dumb**s guess you are a graduate from Convent or IIN.. Moral is not workship Nature, open your eyes and read.. If everyone treats nature as religion then they will be no fights, no killings..

    People are killed in AP/Telangana are labourers we need educate them through convent or IIN that we should take care of yourself during alll the season not only in summer....

    Note: People are killed more by humans for sake of religion and land compared to Nature..

    Have some Maggie

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  • sam, world

    Fri, Jun 19 2015

    @The Guru, Mangalore
    "If everyone treats nature as religion then they will be no fights, no killings.."
    - This is a false belief
    - If someone cut a tree that another worshiped, then there would be a fight
    - If someone killed an animal that another worshiped, then there would be a fight

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  • CHRIS, DUBAI

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    dont you think if we look closely there are a million more things which sustain life on this earth ,apart from sun ,so going by your logic i may have to daily look for a new god in a process to find out which element holds the maximum benefit to me ..

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  • sam, world

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    @CHRIS, DUBAI
    The actions of Yoga are based on uniting the person with the divine within which goes against the first commandment. The modern Church has failed to teach the laity the errors that lay within Yoga. Christians should skip Yoga and do their Sunday obligation instead. To God alone is glory and worship.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 18 2015

    Chris,

    I just want to ask you.. aren't you doing idol worship??? Christians do tend to have idols in their churches.

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  • CHRIS, DUBAI

    Thu, Jun 18 2015

    Well lets just say ,i belong to a church that doesn't have any idols in them .look it up ..

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  • B Prakash Kamath, Mannagudda

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Prakash i feel like laughing at your ignorance. It is not necessary to hold it because all including you have done it. If you want demonstration well you know the sources...i suppose

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  • Arun, Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    So what. You mean Yoga is not practiced by many. Since this government is bent upon forcing its will upon all citizens, why not set aside a day for KAMASUTRA as well. Since that is also part of ancient Indian tradition and described vividly in art form on the temple walls. Why pick and choose. Any answers.

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  • fahad, AL Khobar

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    sorry @Zeitgeist

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 18 2015

    Sorry???? for what???

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  • Akarshad, England

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    AUM is the sound Caused by the vibration of Earths rotation. and yoga are postures that ancient sages have learned from the nature and its creation were breathing in of Oxygen are channelized into different parts and nervous system of body and while You exhale you give out Toxin Co2. and streching exercise helps you rilieve stress, and meditation and Pranayama make you mentally strong and physically fit, Yoga Dates back to 5000 BC or even to Harrapan and Mohenjedharu Ancient civilazation, Yoga in modern days has been given by Shree Pathanjali Maharaaj who comes from Multan from Ahghan and Pakistan Border.Yoga comprises of Ashtanga Vinyas Yoga which are as below.
    Sanskrit English
    Yama Moral codes
    Niyama Self-purification and study
    Asana Posture
    Pranayama Breath control
    Pratyahara Withdrawing of the mind from the senses
    Dharana Concentration
    Dhyana Deep meditation
    Samadhi Union with the object of meditation.

    In west people have understood the consept and lost knowledge of Ancient India and want to study follow our culture but our Indins are so Dumb like they blame the system like always. God Bless our Indians, JAi Bharath MAtha. Vande MAtaram . Jai Hind.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    People,

    Everybody keep mat ready for Yoga day on Sunday...including Bejai and Kadri mai's....

    If you don't like to do Surya Namaskar and chant slokas,,, you could Chandra Namaskar and do holy rosary instead....

    ...JH...

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  • Anita, M'lore, Canada

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Global celebration...are you kidding?? Which part of the world is celebrating yoga day.. other than few Indians in India ? In the west people are more on thread mill, jogging/biking on foot paths and in the gym !!

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  • Prakash, Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    When will these buffoons hold international day for KAMASUTRA, considering that KAMASUTRA is also ancient Indian wisdom.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Jamaalasana(Camel asana) for converting black money in Gulf...many do that by buying real estate in tax free Dubai...most Mumbai actors/actresses have houses in Dubai...

    For more details please contact sharad Pawar and Ahmed Patel's friend Hassan Ali of Pune... this guy has 1000 times more black money than Lalit Modi...he is official converter of political black money into real estate in Dubai...

    I am sure he must have defected to BJPee now...otherwise he will be out of business soon...same fate like Tomar...

    ...JH...

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  • Sukumaran, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    langooul

    Is this the reason Modi went to America? Does this give us any political or economical advantage? For Indians every day is a holy day. Will it benefit us in any way if every day becomes an international day? This is strictly my line of thinking and you are welcomed to disagree.If yoga is practiced by every one, all the hospitals will have empty beds and doctors will have to wait for appointment letters.
    Camel hasaanas, tax free etc, etc keep it with you.

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  • Prem, Dubai, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Well said
    Joylin Dsouza Niddodi, Dubai

    with yoga person can relive from most of the stress too.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga day, Kama day, Corruption day, all are tricks of Feku govt. to divert public attention from real issues such as bringing back black money, which has only remained a dream until now.

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  • B Prakash Kamath , Mannagudda

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Peter i think even food or work is not necessary if you do your daily prayer.

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    CHRIS, Dubai..You think 177 countries just swept away by Fekuism..remember UAE/QATAR/BAHRAIN/IRAN voted for YOGA, they are also the co-sponsors of YOGA day..if Dubai ruler reads your comment, they may send you for Non stop jogging in desert without water..

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  • G Z T Kunte, Udupi

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Private TV channels also want to popularize Yoga. That is why they always use Half Naked beautiful female models to show Yoga Asanas, thereby confusing the viewers whether it is Yoga-asana or Sambhoga-asana !

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    What asana needs to be performed to convert black money into white money? Any suggestions??

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, BAHRAIN

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    One of the Few good things being done by feku No 1 .......

    Modi is the latest brand maker and he is marketing Yoga in the global market.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    "Modi is the latest brand maker and he is marketing Yoga in the global market".

    What a ridiculous statement!

    Yoga is well past the stage of being marketed. This has been done over the last 40 years.

    It is an industry of billions of dollars in the West - with yoga schools and centres everywhere.

    By the way, it was all done by private individuals. Not by the Indian Government.

    With all the noise Mr Modi and his friends are making, we must bear in mind that there is zero monetary benefit to India.

    It is all just a great distraction. The distraction is so great that India should a Guinness record for the distraction.

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  • stan, dubai

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    FEKU asana?????

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  • Fazil, DXB

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    The logo itself sign of Dajjal or anti christ ( one eye in forehead )
    we muslims better know about his arrival.

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    HATS OFF TO SHRIMAAN NARENDRA MODIJI FOR MAKING 21ST JUNE EVERY YEAR AS YOGA DAY THRUOUT THE WORLD.

    SHRIMAAN NARENDRA MODIJI ANNOUNCED IN UN AND ALL 198 COUNTRIES AGREED FOR YOGA DAY.

    THIS IS A RECORD IN THE HISTORY OF UN.

    BAN KI MOON ALSO PARTICIPATING IN YOGA ON YOGA DAY . HE APPRECIATED SHRIMAAN NARENDRA MODIJI FOR HIS EFFORT TO BRING YOGA IN THE WORLD MAP.

    SOME PSUEDOS OPPOSE YOGA BUT DO YOGA SECRETLY IN HOUSES.

    YOGA IS GOOD FOR HEALTH AND LONGEVITY

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  • stan, dubai

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Hats off to Susma Swaraj and Vasudara Rajye Scindia??????

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  • Anonymous,

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Taking Off hat is the English way of respecting. Maamu don't you have better Indian way of respecting.

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  • Shanthipriya, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    yes, Shavasana

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga is overrated.

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  • Amith, udupi

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    do whatever you want that brings you happiness and peace and maintain a healthy lifestyle..

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Kadri and Bejai Mai's,

    First go to Sunday mass after coming back participate in Yoga Day....so you keep both Gods law and Ramdev's law of Yoga....

    Yoga is good for a strong body and mind...this is my experience not opinion...

    If you don't like Surya Namaskar...you could practice Chandra Namaskar as well....

    Mat is ready for Yoga???

    ...JH...

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  • CHRIS, DUBAI

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga is just a waste of time ,better do a little jogging early morning rather than waste time over this ,

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  • Hussain, dxb

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Jo bola ...Sahi bola !!

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  • Mohammed, Bajpe/Riyadh

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Many Bhaimas, esp in the Gulf will disagree with you as they cannot jog but do yoga indoors to loose weight. When they dont have time to complete a whole session. They just do the Suryanamaskar.

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  • Joylin Dsouza Niddodi, Dubai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Nice to hear about the international yoga day!, yoga is helpful for all if you really wanna do, there are many kind of yogasanas, it relief mental stress, makes you feel fresh and happy, some asanas act like anti aging also!, In Dubai already celebrated international yoga day last week. And yoga is formed in India and practicing all over the world. nice to see when the westerns are more interested in yoga.
    keep doing yoga and be healthy stress free and happy always! :)

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  • mohan, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Also we have to celeberate global Kamasutra day in open groung like Yoga. For this no religion problem, cast problem untouchability problem will come. And we will get more particepent.

    It is also good for health.

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  • Prakash, Dubai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Appreciate the Iniative of Modi in making Yoga Popular. Jo swasth rehna chahathe hai vo Yoga Karo. Jisko Jyada Kujli hai yoga/Modi se vo math karo. Kujli Jyada hai tho Yoga ulta seeda asar dega.

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  • Shsm, Doha

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga may be good to prevent obesity as it is the main reason for many disease and obesity itself is like a disease. Even if one is younger with obesity he is seen as sick man in the modern era. Let all practice yoga or exercise from young age and lead a healthy life.

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  • Hussain, Dxb

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Doing yoga once in a year for selfie or photo session and updating that in FB and whatsapp doesn't change anything ..

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    For a common man, who lives below the poverty line Yoga may not make any sense at all. Their only worry would be what is there in the plate for tomorrow.
    Richman's world needs to have such Yogic and other means(good Doctors) to prolong life and maintain peace of mind and good health to achieve more & more (endlessly)

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    YOGA and BHOGA both gives human a good relief of mental stress and physical stress. choice is yours.

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    This also going to be another photo sessions day for Feku followers.

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga is only required if you are not doing regular prayer.

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  • KRPrabhu, B'luru

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Peter,Bangalore..the real mindset of those who regularly pray is clearly visible in this forum in comments!!!

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    ..even ISIS men say they pray..

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  • Amith, udupi

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    If you dont practice what you preach ..nothing will help you

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  • Fathima Mohd, Bajpe/Riyadh

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga is practiced world wide. Let us not mix Yoga with religion and that too by the Politicians to exploit votes in the name of minority and religion.

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  • Shekar Moily Padebettu, Udupi/India

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga whether it is an international event or domestic is always good on health point of view.But some segments of the society are opposing it without knowing the ground reality of benefits of performing yoga on regular basis.Most of the unknown diseases,chronic ailments,reduction of the cholesterol,fat etc are either controlled or cured totally.People should understand the importance/benefits of yoga rather than focusing on negative aspects such as it is religious,it falls on Sunday and it has an Hinduism influence.Totally untrue and it is ridiculous and fanaticism.There is no hard and fast rule to any community or people to perform yoga.that is up to the people whether or not,to do yoga.Don't blame or object it.Just allow other people,country to participate in the event,those who are interest for their benefits.no debate,no discussion in this regards. Remember that Health is wealth.If you want to protect or save your health,please participate or otherwise keep quiet.Yoga has got all the benefits such as physical,mental and spiritual.I have experienced this

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  • Monu, perla

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Can you suggest "International Fasting Day" fasting is good to health….

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    This will help Ramdev garner more popularity and disciples.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    So the whole world is celebrating one of India`s famous contribution to the world - Yoga.
    What about kamasurta, India`s an other famous contribution to the world? kamasutra day would be great.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    People who have disagreed dont like kamasutra. They should get out of India.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Wonder how much votes 'International Kamasutra Day' would garner at UN general assembly.

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  • Hussain, Dxb

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    It's also under consideration 😂

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  • mohan, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    First of all , All minister should do the YOGA in front of their, So that their mental health of corruption cure, and will get healthy political atmosphere.

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  • vincent, mangalore/india

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    What about Baba Ramdev? is he perfect even being performed Yoga. Still not paid tax to the govt.? Is it not corruption?..

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  • Yvonne, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Well said Stan ! Fully agree with you. It is high time our government officials see sense, instead of just forcing their religious practices on everybody.

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    ..they opposed because it scheduled on SUNDAY!!...till today i am of the opinion that Christians are one of most educated people in INDIA..alas..i think the said church priest influenced by SC Judge KURIAN, who even after enjoying nearly 6 months of leave(summer leave, sundays, holidays, ML, CL) still carves for Holiday..some Muslim clerics said one who oppose YOGA is against humanity..they said, one who oppose YOGA are the same people who opposed POLIO vaccine saying its against faith..they ruined several families..thankfully India put all efforts to convince Indian Muslims but Pakistanis are not fortunate..volunteers are killed daily on cold blood..same mentality started to creeping in INDIA now..

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  • anil, M.P

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    this yoga day celebration is a big joke of modi...
    all should hear the yoga ad on tv or radio released by govt... its very funny... saying that because of yoga so may deceases got cured...
    Then why baba ramdev couldn't make eye correct which is cross...

    this is stunt of govt....

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  • Guruprasad,, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Let us hope that Chiefs of RSS, Ram Sena, BD's and the likes would get a clear & sensible message to benefit from Yoga & meditation!

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  • India First, India

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Happy to see whole world is celebrating Yoga Day !!

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, BAHRAIN

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Good solution by Modiji. The common man is under a lot of stress due to inflation and is very angry at the U turns and Jumlas. This will keep them happy.
    What's the aasan for bringing black money.?.. It's called Joomla Aasan!

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    ..Please participate in YOGA celebration by INDIAN EMBASSY in Bahrain..Good for you..Keep your Jumlas with you, Govts comes & Go..Health is wealth..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Why no celebrations for FAKING ...

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  • stan, dubai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Namaz, Yoga or praying in Church is a good exercise.... When you are doing Yaga you are giving exercise to your body...same way when Muslims/Christians pray they bend, kneel, stand with some posture.... whey not introduce praying like Muslims or other religion???????

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Stan,

    Yoga is not praying.

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  • stan, dubai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga.... is also worshiping..... when you do Surya namaskar... that means you are worshiping Sun.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Stan,

    I agree. but it is not in the same sense as praying in abrahamic religion.

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  • stan, dubai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Ramdan is a holy month for Muslims, and lent is holy period for Christians…. During this period period people fast the benefit of this is 1. Provides tranquility of the heart and mind
    2. Improves your blood fat levels 3. May help you overcome addictions 4. Promotes fat breakdown and weight loss . can they introduce in India??????

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Stan,

    Other thing... whats wrong with worshipping the Sun. Sun is a star. Without it planets would not exist. Without sunlight life would not exist. If you really think about it sun is the creator.

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  • stan, dubai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    I don’t know your religion, but continued to affirm that Christians/Muslims worship one God, Even worshiping Mother marry or any other saints is forbidden in Christianity. We pray Mother marry or saints to ask favors for us from almighty that they are very closed to god. When other religions are not in favor of worshiping anything else than no one got right to force them to worship or namesake to other than one God. If anyone wants to do it than it is their wish but don’t force. I am not against Yoga but the compulsion in Schools etc.

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  • sam, world

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    @Zeitgeist, Mangalore
    Whats wrong in worshiping a Bus. The bus transports people and goods from one location to another. What wrong in worshiping a mountain. Mountain can give spring water and also provide caves for shelter.

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  • Fahad Sheikhji, Shiroor/Mangalore/Al Khobar

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    @Stan
    worship the creator not his creations.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, BAHRAIN

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    If yoga will lead to medicine free life why the yogi Ramdev is selling medicines?

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    it is like asking GOD, why he had to appear thrice and give three version for his ownn message to mankinds, in three different books.. was He imperfect, first time? ..or was He giving supplementary exam or CA exam, that he becomes repeater? vhe vhe vhe
    or it is like all religious peopke boycotting Hospitals, because, GOD is kind to them as they are very religious! .... udafe ne maare...

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  • Indian, DXB

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    Nice thinking...

    First of all, GOD has sent down many number of Prophets to earth, each corner of the world.... All the prophets have come for the specific place and specific time...

    Why because, we can think of it now, prophets(or his companions) couldn't have travelled all the way from Srilanka to US to give the message, but now its possible....

    And more over prevention of the message which was given 5000 years before was impossible , its lost...So the message has to be delivered freshly.... Moreover Prophets are chosen one among the people of the place, who they can trust...

    An the last and final messenger is sent for the whole of the mankind, (why ? , we can think of it now, coz message is already delivered toa all the corner of the world), and not even single piece of the quote is tampered ....

    In all the messages which are sent , Basic message is same...
    'God is One, and Pray only to him'.

    Make sure that its 100% wrong before you rejecting the message...because the loss is huge..... Give yourself a chance..... It will not take much from you....

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  • Mangalorean Atheist, India

    Wed, Jun 17 2015

    My religion (atheism) teaches me that god does not exist.

    Illiterate humans created him. And treated him as if he was another human, having all human characteristics like love, anger, jealousy etc.

    The sad reality is that people blindly believe the stories.

    Because their insecurity and fears force them to look for a god.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 18 2015

    In all the messages which are sent , Basic message is same...
    'God is One, and Pray only to him'.

    Religions are incompatible with each other. you are really ignorant of what you are talking about.

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  • richard monis, magalore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Yoga yeddene. hal athh !

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  • abd, mlore

    Tue, Jun 16 2015

    Good initiative by PM .. Good job

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