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International Yoga Day: Differently abled persons attempt to set world record for ‘largest silent Yoga class’

In an attempt to make this International yoga day unique, around 800 differently-abled persons from across the country attempt Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Silent Yoga Class’ on International Yoga Day 2018 in Ahmedabad.

They have been receiving training since May from yoga experts at Shivanand Ashram. The participants will be directed through headphones connected via Bluetooth for demonstration and can also follow the yoga instructor on stage. They have been chosen from 10 city-based organizations like Blind People’s Association (BPA), Apang Manav Mandal and Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh among others.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, “People all over the world celebrated the 4th International Yoga Day by remembering and practising our ancient culture.

The first International Day of Yoga was observed all over the world on June 21, 2015, where more than 30,000 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, performed yoga asanas at Rajpath in New Delhi. The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014.

This year, the national event was held at Dehradun’s Forest Research Institute with the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi highlighted the importance of yoga, a gift from India to the world. ”Yoga has the perfect solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in society. Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern,” he said.

In 2016, on the similar occasion of International Yoga day, some differently-abled people had performed yoga asanas in a unique dance form in the national capital, in their attempt to promote yoga universally. Thousands of people, including schoolchildren to old aged ones performed yoga in the heart of Delhi, Connaught place area in 2016.

Yoga is gaining popularity in recent times as a holistic system of health and healing, with millions of people across the world taking it up seriously. The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word Yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. Yoga was slowly refined and developed by the Brahmans and Rishis who documented their practices and beliefs in the Upanishads.

In the pre-classical stage, Yoga was a potpourri of various ideas, beliefs, and techniques that often conflicted and contradicted each other. The classical period was the period when Yoga got a concrete definition by Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutras, the first systematic presentation of Yoga. Maharishi Patanjali the ‘father of Yoga’ compiled 195 Yoga Sutras that became the foundation of Yoga philosophy. The commentary on these sutras is called Bhasya. The core essence of Patanjali is the eightfold path of Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga) that focusses upon healthy living through Yoga.

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