Surat, a city in the Indian state of Gujarat, achieved a significant milestone on International Yoga Day by breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people participating in a yoga session at a single location. The event, attended by over 1.25 lakh individuals, exemplified the city’s strong commitment to promoting health and well-being through the practice of yoga.
Global Acceptance of Yoga
International Yoga Day has gained tremendous support worldwide, with more than 176 countries embracing this annual observance. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel acknowledged the valuable teachings of yogacharyas (yoga practitioners) and rishi munis (sages) who have imparted the wisdom of leading a healthy and stress-free life through daily yoga practice. He emphasized the profound healing power of yoga, likening it to Sanjeevani, particularly in the face of the challenging COVID-19 pandemic.
Yoga for Global Unity
The theme of this year’s International Yoga Day in Gujarat was “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (the world is one family), reflecting the inherent nature of yoga as a unifying force. Chief Minister Patel emphasized that yoga transcends mere physical exercise and plays a crucial role in establishing connections and fostering unity among individuals. Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state of Gujarat has actively promoted yoga through various initiatives, such as the establishment of the Yog Board, which has provided employment to 5,000 people offering free training at multiple locations. The government also has plans to launch 21 yoga studios to further promote this ancient practice.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga, originating in India, is an ancient discipline that offers a multitude of health benefits. It encompasses a holistic approach that harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. Through regular yoga practice, individuals can experience increased flexibility, improved strength, and enhanced overall physical fitness. Moreover, yoga promotes mental clarity, reduces stress, and cultivates a profound sense of inner calm and well-being.
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The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on June 21 since 2015, with participants from around the world. In Gujarat, Ashwini Kumar serves as the Principal Secretary for Sports, Youth, and Cultural Activities. Previously, the Guinness World Record for the International Yoga Day celebration was held by Jaipur City, where 1.09 lakh people participated in a collective yoga session.
The momentous event in Surat showcased the city’s unity and dedication to the practice of yoga on International Yoga Day. Setting a new Guinness World Record underscored the global acceptance and immense benefits of yoga. As this ancient practice continues to inspire individuals worldwide, it serves as a powerful tool for promoting physical and mental well-being, fostering unity, and nurturing a harmonious way of life.
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