Lucknow: 21 participants fall ill after attending Yoga day event

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated the benefits of yoga in Lucknow on the occasion of International Yoga Day in Lucknow. "Now, it has become part of every person's life", he said.

"I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years".

Urging everyone to make Yoga a part of their lives, the Prime Minister said that Yoga is about health assurance, and it is not even expensive to practice.

Despite the driving rain, Modi performed aasanas along with UP governor Ram Naik, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy CMs Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and the entire UP cabinet.

Addressing the teeming crowd, Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah debunked popular assertions that yoga is a specific religious activity, describing it as an exciting and healthy sport that all should take interest in.

The exact number of participants at the event will be declared after tabulation of the data.

. "Since then the popularity of yoga is increasing across the world rapidly", Shah said.

Modi said that the United Nations had accepted his proposal in record time to celebrate June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed several yogic exercises at an event organized in Lucknow.

Yoga is binding the world together, says PM Modi.

Other mass yoga sessions were held in China, Colombia, the United States, Mexico, Paraguay, Italy, Singapore and atop Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca citadel in Peru. "Everybody should imbibe the quality of practising yoga", the chief minister said.

In the run up to International Yoga Day, which is observed today and its third year, events across the country have been taking place with local governments in small towns staging yoga events in innovative fashion.

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga". In the inaugural edition, Modi performed yoga with 200 million people across the country.

Television footage also showed Indian soldiers doing yoga in their military overalls in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, at an elevation of 5,500m.

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