Yoga acts as a bridge between India and China: Bambawale

Yoga acts as a bridge between India and China: Bambawale

It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.

While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Yoga with over 50,000 enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute campus in Dehradun, Indian diaspora took to the Peruvian mountains to spread the message. It has become a routine affair since then. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition, but it doesn't belong to India alone.

He asked people to embrace yoga not just for a healthy, but happy and peaceful life.

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

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).

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh, who is a yogi and has been practicing yoga for over 25 years, said, "Yoga is the best method for relaxation of human mind and also body". "We consider it as our duty and responsibility to be part of such social events which brings all the different communities together", he said.

As a precursor to the main event, a Yoga Vistar was held in the Red Sea Beach in the backdrop of the iconic 300 mtr - high King Fahd Fountain, Jeddah.

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There has been a noticeable rise in the number of Arab participants in Yoga, said Diji Shujahi, the host of the event in Abu Dhabi for four years in a row.

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"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. "As of now, nearly 90 percent of it caters to women".

Two years ago, the influential Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, which is a conglomerate of 15 major churches, had boycotted the celebration saying yoga is "dipped in Hinduism".

Rola al-Ghoul, a Jordanian yoga instructor, shared the story behind her introduction to yoga, which happened in 2014 as treatment for a lower back injury.

"It's a very edifying experience I would say for the kind of participation we're seeing this year".

"Yoga is not just a set of exercises that keeps the body fit". 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.