177 countries to do yoga on June 21: Sripad Naik

Guinness Books of World Record may mark the record number of people doing yoga at one place at one point of time

About 40,000 volunteers from all states and Union Territories and representatives of diaspora will do yoga at Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015 which is being observed as International Yoga Day all over the world. thanks to the initiative taken by our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. As many as 177 countries have given their consent to do the same on the day.

This was disclosed by the Union Minister for Ayush, Sripad Naik, while inaugurating the National Conference on Development of Yoga and Naturopathy, organised by the International Naturopathy Organisation (INO) in the Constitution Club of India.

Thousands of people from all walks of life enthusiastically participated in spreading awareness about Yoga and Naturopathy at the inauguration of the conference which is seen as a precursor to the grand success of the International Yoga Day. Besides Naik, the others present included Jai Prakash Agarwal, Chairman, INO; Anil Ganeriwal, Joint Secretary, Ayush Ministry; Dr Anant Biradar, Working President, INO; Amrit Moonat, International President, INO.

Naik who inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp, praised the INO for its endless efforts in the field of Yoga and Naturopathy. “We started this ministry in November, 2014 with the aim of promoting the benefits of Yoga and Naturopathy to body and soul. Under the leadership and guidance of our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, we have successfully attained support of 177 countries for the June 21 International Yoga Day when about 40,000 supporters shall gather at Rajpath to do yoga. We have also asked the Guinness Books of World Record to mark the record number of people doing yoga at one place at one point of time”, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Biradar said, “INO works on the principle of dedication, determination and devotion and is feeling proud that INO has, for the first time, organised Yoga Day with the support of Ayush Ministry.” The entire credit for creating awareness and celebrating Yoga Day internationally goes to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He has not only made the gala event possible in India but also convinced 177 countries to take part in this big step,” Birdar said.

Agarwal acknowledged the effort of the doctors from the 21 states who participated in the event to spread awareness about Yoga in their respective states. “India is the diabetes capital of the world and its happening due to the lack of awareness and education. Therefore, I request the Minister to take special efforts to introduce Yoga and Naturopathy in the curriculum so that its benefits can reach all in India and people can get cured through Yoga and naturopathy.”