Indian PM Modi leads International Day of Yoga at UN HQ

The special Yoga session led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the lawns of the UN headquarters in New York entered the Guinness Book of World Records for drawing the people of most nationalities performing Yoga together. 
Prime Minister Modi led a special Yoga session on the lawns of the UN headquarters to mark the 9th edition of the International Day of Yoga. "Today, there was a Guinness World Records title attempt for most nationalities in a Yoga lesson. The mark to be was 140 nationalities. Today, in New York, at the UN, they had 135. It is a new Guinness world records title...," Michael Empric, official adjudicator, Guinness World Records said.

Addressing the special event, PM Modi said, "Yoga comes from India, it is a very old tradition. Yoga is free of copyrights, patents and royalty payments. Yoga is adaptable to your age, gender and fitness level. Yoga is portable and is truly universal." 
"Let us use the power of Yoga not only to be healthy, and happy but also to be kind to ourselves and to each other. Let us use the power of Yoga to build bridges of friendship, a peaceful world and a cleaner, greener and sustainable future. Let us join hands together to realise the goal of 'One Earth, One Family, One Future'," PM Modi added. 

India’s Permanent Representative to UN, Ruchira Kamboj said, "Today was very unique that Prime Minister Modi led us in performing Yoga at the United Nations. In December 2014, it was under PM Modi's leadership and guidance, that 21st June was inscribed as International Yoga Day. So, it was a matter of deep deep honour for us and also for the UN that the PM led us in doing Yoga". She also expressed her delight at the event making it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of nationalities performing Yoga together. 


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