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Yoga Takes Over the World on Second International Day of Yoga.

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International Yoga Day celebrated around the world. Yoga wins the hearts of millions. 

Upendra Bharati | HENB | Chandigarh  | June 21, 2016:: Yog (Yoga) fans across the world have gathered to mark the second International Yoga Day. In Chandigarah, Northern India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined thousands of people to perform “asanas” or yoga exercises with some easy Pranayams (breathing exercises). There were similar gatherings in Kalahandi district in Odisha, eastern India, but also in Canada, Australia, US, UK, Russia, covering the continents and even Afghanistan.

In 2014, The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st the International Day of Yoga following a call from PM Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly.

A year after the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated the world over, yoga enthusiasts were back again Tuesday morning lunging forward, raising and stretching their arms, and slowly inhaling and exhaling.

The day was introduced when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to dedicate 24 hours to the ancient discipline in September 2013.

This year, Mr. Modi joined thousands of people in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh as they pulled their mats out for a massive demonstration. World over, 173 countries will celebrate the discipline Tuesday.

“We are disconnected from ourselves in today’s times. Yoga helps us reconnect with ourselves,” Mr. Modi said, addressing participants at his event.

Images of different Yoga postures were displayed at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York in the build up to Yoga Day.

“Practicing yoga can help raise awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbours,” said Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General.

From Times Square in New York city to the Opera House in Sydney, celebrations for Yoga Day spanned the globe. Scroll down to take a look at photographs.

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Mr. Modi sat among participants of a mass yoga session held in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh to mark the second international yoga day.
Mr. Modi sat among participants of a mass yoga session held in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh to mark the second international yoga day. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a mass yoga demonstration held in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on the second international yoga day Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a mass yoga demonstration held in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on the second international yoga day Tuesday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU OF INDIA

On Monday, Mr. Modi also released a set of commermorative postal stamps showing the various steps of the “surya namaskar,” or sun salutation.

These are different stamps depicting the different Asanas of Surya Namaskar.   1:32 PM – 20 Jun 2016

In India’s capital city, President Pranab Mukherjee conducted a Yoga class at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, his residence-cum-office located in the heart of Delhi.

Here below, he can be seen beating a drum as he led thousands of people during Yuesday’s class.

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kicked off today 2nd International Yoga Day Celebrations at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Two central Minsters of India are participating on International Yoga Day. Mr Venkaiah Naidu doing yoga in New Delhi (L); Mr Rajnath Singh at Lucknow.  PHOTO: PTI.

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Yoga Guru Ramdeb and BJP National President Amit Shah at Faridabad programme of World Yog Day on Tuesday. PHOTO: PTI.

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A yoga session on the INS Viraat in Mumbai. PHOTO: PTI.

Images of different Yoga postures were displayed at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York in the build up to Yoga Day.

“Practicing yoga can help raise awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbours,” said Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General.

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Illuminating the way to Oneness!
Yoga poses light up @UN building in New York to mark

From Times Square in New York city to the Opera House in Sydney, celebrations for Yoga Day spanned the globe including Russia. Scroll down to take a look at photographs.

A man performed yoga exercises during an event to mark the International Yoga Day at the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday.
A man performed yoga exercises during an event to mark the International Yoga Day at the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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World Yog day at Mirpur Indoor Stadium, Dhaka. PHOTO: Manik Rokshit. Eibela BD dot Com.
People performed yoga exercises at Times Square in New York city Monday.
People performed yoga exercises at Times Square in New York city Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
Yoga practitioners participated in a mass yoga event in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday.
Yoga practitioners participated in a mass yoga event in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Yoga practitioners did yoga on Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise Tuesday.
Yoga practitioners did yoga on Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise Tuesday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Watch how we welcomed 2016 at dawn with 12 yogis from atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Namaste 🙏

People participated in a yoga event in front of Australia's iconic landmark Opera House in Sydney Tuesday.
People participated in a yoga event in front of Australia’s iconic landmark Opera House in Sydney Tuesday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
People practiced yoga at Beijing's Pinggu district.
People practiced yoga at Beijing’s Pinggu district. PHOTO: ZUMA PRESS
Yoga enthusiasts practiced yoga on the Shiyan Lake in Changsha, Hunan province of China, Tuesday.
Yoga enthusiasts practiced yoga on the Shiyan Lake in Changsha, Hunan province of China, Tuesday. PHOTO:GETTY IMAGES
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Yoga Day celebrations organized by the Indian High Commission in Russia. (Source: Twitter/@IndEmbMoscow)
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People participating in the Yoga Day celebrations in front of the London bridge UK. (Source: Twitter/@HCI_London)
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Yoga Day celebrations in Geneva, Switzerland. (Source: Twitter/@IndiaUNGeneva)
A yoga session happened in Delhi's Connaught Place Tuesday.
A yoga session happened in Delhi’s Connaught Place Tuesday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
Children stretched as hundreds of people participated in a yoga session at North Beach in Durban, Sunday.
Children stretched as hundreds of people participated in a yoga session at North Beach in Durban, Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
Indian Army soldiers participated in a yoga demonstration in the southern Indian city of Chennai Tuesday. ENLARGE
Indian Army soldiers participated in a yoga demonstration in the southern Indian city of Chennai Tuesday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
A yoga session at a school in Chennai Monday.
A yoga session at a school in Chennai Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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Indian yoga instructor Megha Dinesh guides young cancer patients during a yoga session to mark International Yoga Day, in Hyderabad, on June 21, 2016 ©Noah Seelam (AFP)
Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu, third left, laughed as yoga guru Sri Vachananand Swamiji, second right, performed yoga at an event in the southern Indian city of Bangalore Tuesday.
Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu, third left, laughed as yoga guru Sri Vachananand Swamiji, second right, performed yoga at an event in the southern Indian city of Bangalore Tuesday. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Now, Indian PM Narendra Modi is called as the universal ambassador of the Yoga. But, there are so many Indian Masters of Yoga who popularized Yog and Pranayam world wide. BKS Iyengar, Mahesh Yogi, Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravishankar and Jaggi Vasudev are the prominent figures in the current list of messengers of  Yogic Mission to the world.
Source: Euro News/ WSJ/ Getty Images/ AFP/ PTI/ Agencies.

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