Amidst great excitement and the huge response from participants across the world, the International Day of Yoga got observed, practiced and loved all over the world and this has once again proved the universality of the Indian meditating therapy that has been practiced in our country since ages. In addition to creating a new Guinness World Record by performing yoga on the Rajpath with a huge number of participants uniting and uniformly practicing yoga along with the PM Modi; record was set by the Islamic nations as well who came out together to show their acceptance and support for the international event and performed yoga.
Notably, 47 Islamic nations have showed their positive response to the UN declaration of International Day of Yoga and accordingly performed the meditation session in harmony with the rest of the countries of the world. These 47 Islamic nations are among the 177 nations who had co-sponsored the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) along with India to establish June 21 as “International Day of Yoga.”
The notable names in the Islamic nations who supported the Yoga Day are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, the UAE, Qatar and Oman. Whereas another eight members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), namely, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Brunei, Mauritiana, Cameroon, Libya and Burkina Farso, did not co-sponsor the event.
However, there are some non-OIC member nations as well who did not co-sponsor the Yoga Day. Those include North Korea, Estonia, Namibia Swaziland, Switzerland, Monaco, Solomon Islands and Zambia.
On the other hand, 1.1 million National Cadet Corps cadets performed nationwide “common yoga protocol”. The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) conducted the yoga protocol across the nation.
With India having two national institutes, namely, Morarji Desai National Institute for Yoga (MDNIY) in New Delhi and the National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN) in Pune and one Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) dedicated to the upliftment of Yoga, the government has also proposed an ALL India Yoga Institute.
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