In pics: International Day of Yoga marked in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu: The International Day of Yoga is being marked globally on Tuesday. This year the theme for the celebration of International Yoga Day is “Yoga for humanity”.

A special function was organized at Nepal Army Headquarters in Bhadrakali, Kathmandu this morning to mark the occasion. The program was addressed by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale.

Likewise, Indian Embassy in Kathmandu organized a function to mark the occasion.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Photos: RSS and Indian Embassy