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Namaste: Millions Exercise on International Yoga Day

This is the second year that International Yoga Day is celebrated on its official day, June 21st.

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4000 Indian schoolchildren celebrate International Yoga Day in Chennai on June 20. Yoga means union in Sanskrit.

Millions of people twisted their bodies in complex positions in celebration of International Yoga Day on Tuesday.

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People participate in a yoga class during the 14th Annual Solstice in Times Square event in New York City, June 20.

 Last year, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as International Day of Yoga.

 

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Central Armed Police Forces' Sashastra Seema Bal personnel practice Yoga at Lal Parade Ground for World Yoga Day in Bhopal, India, on June 19. 

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to make yoga a part of their lives, saying the practice — which began in ancient India — doesn't differentiate between the rich and poor, and is accessible to all.

 

 

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A young yogi joins a yoga exercise in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 19.

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Enthusiasts perform Yoga breathing exercises in Makati, Philippines, on June 18.

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Indians practitioners take part in a workshop at a temple in Allahabad on June 20.

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Image: People practise yoga at a glass sightseeing platform ahead of the International Day of Yoga, on the outskirts of Beijing

People practise yoga at a glass sightseeing platform on the outskirts of Beijing, on June 20.

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Muslim students practice yoga at the N. H. English Academy in Mumbai, India on June 20.

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Indian water yoga expert Laxmi Yadav performs water yoga in a pool in Bhopal on June 20.

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Yoga enthusiasts practice yoga in the central Gorky park in Minsk, Belarus, on June 19. Different Yoga organizations in Minsk offered joint exercises to mark the International Day of Yoga.

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Malaysian yoga practitioners perform yoga exercises at the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur on June 21.

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A Malaysian yoga practitioner performs a yoga pose in Kuala Lumpur on June 21.

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Indian yoga practitioners participate in a rehearsal for International Yoga Day on Rajpath in New Delhi on June 19.

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Image: Yoga lovers guide tourists to practise yoga at a water park to cool off in Chongqing

Yoga fans guide tourists to practice yoga at a water park to cool off in Chongqing, China, on June 18.

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