Events across the world are marking the first ever International Yoga Day.
The International Day for Yoga was celebrated in Sri Lanka, along the iconic ocean side promenade of Colombo, Galle Face Green.
The event saw the participation of over 2,000 yoga enthusiasts including politicians, diplomats and several well known personalities.
Yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice originating from over 6,000 years ago in India, seeks to integrate the body and the mind. The launch of a special e-book on Yoga as well as the screening of the message by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in view of International Yoga Day place at Galle Face Green on Sunday morning.
Another such event was held in Jaffna. A number of yoga enthusiasts including the deputy Indian high Commissioner A. Nadarajan were present at the event.
Across India, tens of thousands of people, including military officials, bureaucrats, politicians, students and even diplomats took part in yoga sessions today in a bid to promote world peace.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga himself, lead one such session in the heart of India’s capital New Delhi.
The Indian government has also applied to the Guinness World Records to record today’s event as the largest gathering of people doing yoga together in the capital. While people in 650 districts across the nation stretch it out, yoga enthusiasts in 192 other countries are also expected to join in the celebrations.