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Yoga Day celebrated in Baku

22 June 2016 [13:13] - TODAY.AZ

/By Azernews/

By Laman Ismayilova

An open-air Yoga session was held at the historical complex 'Ateshgah' in Surakhani district of Baku on the occasion of 2nd International Day of Yoga on June 21.

The session was attended by several Yoga practitioners and enthusiasts from Azerbaijan and launched the Yoga Week being celebrated in Azerbaijan from June 21 to June 26.

This Week is organized by the Indian embassy in Baku in collaboration with Yoga institutions in Azerbaijan such as the Art of Living, Yoga Shahi, Alaia Yoga, with support of the Culture and Tourism Ministry of Azerbaijan, the Administration of State Historical-Architectural Reserve "Icherisheher" and YARAT.

The Yoga Week in Azerbaijan will include several events by various Yoga institutions in Baku and Ganja, the embassy reported.

Yoga celebrations will culminate with a Yoga and cultural fair at YARAT Contemporary Art Space on June 26 in partnership with Yoga Shahi studio. In addition to open air yoga classes held by Yoga Shahi studio at Boulevard around Yashil café and lectures on Yoga, the event will include Indian music, dance performances as well as Indian cuisine. The event is free and open for all public.

The practice of Yoga which originated in India has been growing in popularity all over the world. It received recognition by the United Nations when member states, recognizing the universal appeal of Yoga proclaimed June 21 as International Yoga Day by adopting a resolution in the UN General Assembly in New York in December 2014.

International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

The 2nd annual International Day of Yoga is being celebrated with much fanfare all across the world.

In India, millions of people in cities across India celebrated the Yoga Day. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi led a mass Yoga Session with 30,000 school children and other residents in the city of Chandigarh.

PM Modi urged people to make Yoga a regular part of their lives and get rid of the stress of modern life by connecting with inner self and the nature through Yoga. He said yoga was not a religious practice and people could embrace it for a better mental and physical health without any religious consideration. He also said that the Yoga practice was accessible to all and provided health assurance for free without discriminating between rich and poor.

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