U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had his first yoga lesson in India on Thursday. It was an relatively simple position and he had help from senior advisor to the United Nations Vijay Nambiar.
The U.N. General Assembly adopted June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, in December last year.
The 193-member U.N. General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing a day to commemorate the ancient practice, which Modi called for in September during his inaugural address to the world body. Ban Ki-moon said the International Day of Yoga would bring attention to yoga's holistic benefits, according to this Reuters report.
"Yoga can contribute to resilience against non-communicable diseases. Yoga can bring communities together in an inclusive manner that generates respect," Ban had then said in a statement.
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