PHOTOS: 50 Cities Across The World Greet The Sun With Yoga Before International Yoga Day

21/06/2015 7:29 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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As a prelude to International Yoga Day, thousands of enthusiasts in 50 cities around the world rolled out their mats in historic locations. The event called 'The Sun Never Sets On Yoga' spanned five contents, from Japan to Budapest, London, St Petersburg, and Rio De Janeiro amongst other places.

In India, people practiced the surya namaskar and other yogic postures in a number of cities, including in Agra before the Taj Mahal.

This initiative was organised by the Art of Living, an NGO established in 1981 to promote good living and humanitarian practices with heavy emphasis on stress-relief.

"​Just like the Sun, yoga is age-old and yet ever-ne​w.​ ​It ​is ​a holistic way of life that integrates all elements to make a prayerful discipline uniting the body, mind and soul​," said Kamlesh Barwal, Global Head, The Art of Living Yoga.​

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the programme also allayed the fear that he claimed many have about yogic practices leading one away from their religion. “Like eating pizza or chowmein doesn’t make one Italian or Chinese, doing yoga isn’t going to make one Indian or Hindu. When we accept cuisines, fashion, music and technologies from every part of the world as a sign of progressive thinking, why not wisdom of yoga from India,” adding that yoga (synonymous with relaxation, happiness or a creative mind) has been embraced by the world as a skill to enhance the quality of life.

Here are images of people from across the world practising yoga as a prelude to International Yoga Day.

  • Sydney, Australia
    The Art of Living
  • Vienna, Austria
    The Art of Living
  • Kobe, Japan
    The Art of Living
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
    The Art of Living
  • Rio De Janerio, Brazil
    The Art of Living
  • Vancouver, Canada
    The Art of Living
  • Great Wall Of China, China
    The Art of Living
  • Hong Kong, China
    The Art of Living
  • Xiamen, China
    The Art of Living
  • Hangzhou, China
    The Art of Living
  • Shanghai, China
    The Art of Living
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    The Art of Living
  • Paris, France
    The Art of Living
  • Berlin, Germany
    The Art of Living
  • Munich, Germany
    The Art of Living
  • Yangon, Myanmar
    The Art of Living
  • Amman, Jordan
    The Art of Living
  • Budapest, Hungary
    The Art of Living
  • Bengaluru, India
    The Art of Living
  • Bathinda, India
    The Art of Living
  • Chhattisgarh, India
    The Art of Living
  • Bhojpur, India
    The Art of Living
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
    The Art of Living
  • Bali, Indonesia
    The Art of Living
  • Ivory Coast, West Africa
    The Art of Living
  • Milan, Italy
    The Art of Living
  • Lebanon
    The Art of Living
  • Nigeria
  • Muscat, Oman
    The Art of Living
  • Manila, Philippines
    The Art of Living
  • Puerto Princesa, Phillippines
    The Art of Living
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
    The Art of Living
  • Vladivostok, Russia
    The Art of Living
  • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
    The Art of Living
  • SIngapore
    The Art of Living
  • Istanbul, Turkey
    The Art of Living
  • Izmir, Turkey
    The Art of Living
  • Dubai, UAE
    The Art of Living
  • Edinburgh, UK
    The Art of Living
  • Leicester, UK
    The Art of Living
  • London, UK
    The Art of Living
  • Manchester, UK
    The Art of Living
  • Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
    The Art of Living
  • Kiev, Ukraine
    The Art of Living
  • Chicago, USA
    The Art of Living
  • San Diego, USA
    The Art of Living
  • San Fransisco
    The Art of Living
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
    The Art of Living
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
    The Art of Living

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