Narendra Modi to turn ‘yoga teacher’ a la Ramdev on June 21

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform yoga at a public event on June 21, as part of his drive to increase participation in the ancient Indian discipline.

Modi will practice physical poses and breathing control at the event to be held in New Delhi.

Yoga makes people “discover the sense of oneness with themselves, the world and the nature”, the PM said.

He is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga and says he performs yoga daily. He credits the exercise with giving him energy so that he needs a few hours of sleep each night.

The United Nations, adopting a measure proposed by the Modi government, had declared June 21 as the first International Day of Yoga.

Modi used his first speech at the UN General Assembly in September to call for such a day to be recognised.

The police are drawing up security plans to manage the crowd at the event, which will be organised between the presidential palace and India Gate, said an official.

Other senior politicians, including home minister Rajnath Singh, may join Modi in practicing yoga, a BJP official said.

According to a study conducted by a yoga journal, yoga is one of the country’s most successful cultural exports. Around 20 million people regularly perform the exercises in the US and they spend an annual $10 billion on classes and related products.

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