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INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY. Indian Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, perform yoga to mark International Yoga Day at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, on June 21, 2017. Yoga practitioners took a relaxing break to bend, twist, and pose for the annual event celebrating the practice, especially in the country where it began. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

From The Asian Reporter, V27, #13 (July 3, 2017), pages 1 & 4.

International Yoga Day marked by millions in India, where it began

LUCKNOW, India (AP) ó Indians in mass crowds across the country were bent and twisted and posed in celebration of International Yoga Day, in the place where it began.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined 50,000 students and other residents in the northern city of Lucknow for a mass yoga session last month. Similar yoga displays were organized in villages, towns, and cities across India.

The United Nations proclaimed the date in 2014 and itís being marked around the world.

The practice began in ancient India. Modi has described yoga as free health insurance and exhorted people to make it a part of their daily lives.

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