Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-06-21 09:45:42 BdST
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury inaugurated the Indian High Commission-organised celebration at Bangabandhu National Stadium early on Wednesday.
The Day draws a critical link between healthy lifestyles, physical activity and individual and public health.
All Indian missions abroad since then celebrate the Day raising awareness about the ancient tradition for healthcare that combines body, mind and soul. Last year the Day was celebrated in 140 countries all over the world.
State Minister for Sports Biren Sikder was also present.
High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla reiterated India’s commitment to help expand the practice of Yoga.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the India’s celebration from the Lucknow's Ambedkar Sabha Sthal.
He urged all to make yoga a part of their lives. “Make yoga as necessary in your life as is salt for food,” Modi said, “Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice”.
“Yoga can be practised at all ages,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, said.
She said the only requirement is “a commitment to better health and a willingness to gently stretch, exercise and invigorate one’s body and mind”.
“For persons aged 65 and above it can help reduce the risk of depression and maintain cognitive functioning”.
Meanwhile, a new yoga app on 'Common Yoga Protocol' was released along with a special edition of Bharat Bichitra on Yoga, published by High Commission of India in observance of the day.
Similar events were also organised by the Assistant High Commissions of India in Rajshahi and Chittagong.
Various other organisations and institutes also held separate programmes to mark the Day, the High Commission said.