He said Yoga's popularity is high even outside India; and Yoga has connected the world with India.
Leading the celebrations of the third edition of the International Yoga Day here at a rain-drenched Ramabai Amedkar Sthal, Modi said yoga was a path to attain wellness and was akin to a free life insurance.
International Yoga day was celebrated in Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University with fervour as teachers, staff and students joined in.
Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff and social activist Shantilal Mutha also attended the hour-long yoga session organised in Worli. He also added that Yoga holds the capacity to unite body, mind, and soul.
Talking about the importance of Yoga, Modi said that fitness is important but wellness is more important and wellness can be achieved only through yoga. Indian external affairs minister V K Singh participated in the session organized by the Indian embassy in association with the People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Yogi Yoga Padhasala.
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"Special events at iconic global locations across the globe have taken place with the participation of hundreds of thousands of yoga enthusiasts at several places".
Social media was flooded with pictures of yoga, the country's signature cultural export, being performed in various places including an Indian Navy submarine and the landing deck of an aircraft carrier.
Praising the enthusiasm of the kids to practice Yoga, the Minister lauded this glaring instance as the upcoming generation is the future citizen of the country.
Ambassador of India Sanjay Rana said that Yoga is a combination of physical exercises and breathing techniques which enhances physical, mental and spiritual health of the practitioner.
Yoga is a healthy practice for everybody who performs it the right way.
But some people feel that Narendra Modi's administration - perceived to be a nationalist one - is pushing yoga to forward its Hindu agenda. He said, "Yoga has become an integral part of every Indian household".