Yoga fans gear up for International Yoga Day in Egypt on Wednesday

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The Samajwadi Party (SP) will be celebrating the International Yoga Day with cycle yatras across Uttar Pradesh to spread the message of environment conservation.

The Indian Ambassador stressed that Yoga is India's gift to humanity, he stressed, given that Yoga helps people balance their bodies, mind and soul. A month long TV campaign promoting Yoga is to be launched on Doordarshan network on 21st June.A campaign promoting Yoga is running on all social network channels of Ministry of Tourism from 15th May to 21st June.

"In terms of the quality of participation of Yoga practitioners from India, the number of events at different locations in China and the expected outreach to Chinese Yoga lovers, the series of events planned for this year are poised to reach new heights", the embassy said. Over 190 countries, including 40 Islamic nations, supported the move to have a special day for yoga. It is a gift that India continues to give to the world, and so that is why the Government of India launched this day three years ago, and why India Tourism is supporting events across the United Kingdom this week.

Acknowledged for its proven and prominent effectiveness, yoga has been promoted and encouraged throughout the world as a supremely healthy way of living.

The celebration also hosted a unique performance of Chinese Taichi, Kongfu and Yoga together as a synchronised dance sequence to open the event.

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Ms. Bhushan said that about 2,500 guests, 100 community organizations, yoga and spiritual centers, business establishments, etc. will grace the occasion. "International Yoga Day is about brotherhood and peace", Ambassador Rahul Kulshreshth, said in a speech.

"So, what you will see during this week is this day being celebrated in similar gatherings in every country in the world", Sarna said, adding it is a very moving sight to see so many people in the heart of Washington early on a Saturday morning coming to celebrate yoga, and ready to perform this wonderful session.

Today, Indian missions in France, the US, Switzerland, Uganda, Kenya, Australia organised yoga sessions, ahead of the IYD. In order to create awareness among the people about Yoga, a programme on "Walk for Yoga" was held at police lines in Dehradun on Sunday.

An endorser of Yoga and well known for reinventing her fitness regime with Aerial Yoga and other forms, Malaika has recently been announced as part of Reebok's "Fashionably Fit" family.

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