International Yoga Day to be celebrated 12,000 feet above sea level

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2015 16:55 IST

As part of the preparations, the armed forces have planned yoga sessions on board warships and even at Siachen, the world's highest battlefield, to celebrate the first International Yoga Day (IYD) on June 21.

"From Kashmir to Kanyakumari," a senior Army official said when asked if the force was planning events for Yoga Day.

He said that nearly 500 troops at the Siachen base camp - about 12,000 ft above sea level - will carry out yoga to mark the day.

The Navy too has plans for Yoga Day and aims to do "Yoga across the oceans".

"Yoga sessions would be carried out on all our ships and installations. It is an international day. Like we observe World Environment Day, we will also celebrate the International Yoga Day," an official said.

Indian Navy units located as far as the Mediterranean Sea in the West, the Western Pacific Ocean and the Southern Indian Ocean will participate in the event.

India will lead 191 nations to mark the IYD on June 21, highlighted by a mega event in Rajpath, Delhi where armed forces, NCC cadets and government officials are scheduled to perform 'asanas'. Around 35,000 persons are expected to take part in the event.

The UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member states, declaring June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga', recognising that "Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being".

The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations.

The Navy in a statement said it was motivated by the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment, harmony between man and nature, and a holistic approach to health and well being".

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