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The Second International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Paris on 18 June at La Villette. The International Day of Yoga was an initiative launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was adopted by the United Nations to promote Yoga for a healthy life style. More than 2000 Yoga enthusiasts of all ages participated in these celebrations at La Villette in Paris. Several Indo-French cultural associations, friendship groups, Indian diaspora and Yoga schools like Art of Living, Swami Shivananda Yoga centre, Tapovan, Yoga& Co, Sahaja Yoga, Isha Foundation and others actively contributed to the success of the event. Speaking on this occasion, Ambassador of India, Dr. Mohan Kumar gave a brief overview on the origin of Yoga and emphasised the importance of Yoga in modern lifestyle. He exhorted the youth to regularly practice Yoga for personality development and stress management. The initiative by the Government of India seeks to reclaim the Yoga heritage of India and underline its soft power and wellbeing for all.

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