"This was one of the biggest achievements of his cultural diplomacy", Rajnath said here after attending the yoga session along with a large number of people.
Later, Modi thanked Sirisena for helping promote Yoga.
"Now, I have to take the journey of modern yoga from the cities to the villages, to the poor and tribal's house".
Thousands of people participated in the event and performed various yoga asanas along with the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister said, in the last five years, Government has integrated yoga with health and wellness to make it a pillar of preventive health care. He also expressed concern about the rising heart-related problems among the youth in the country.
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While welcoming the Saudi and Indian participants to the event, Dr. Sayeed said: "Yoga is an immortal and precious natural technique that traces its origin to the Indus-Saraswati Valley Civilization dating back to 2700 B.C. and it predates any religion in the forms as we know today".
In addition, Yoga has also been made an integral part of morning fitness routines being carried by all units of ENC and not limited to the IDY alone.
Studiously absent in the official celebrations of International Yoga Day is any mention of Hinduism.
The BJP working president JP Nadda performed yoga, along with other party leaders and workers, at a park opposite the headquarters of the saffron party on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Marg in New Delhi. Several celebrities including sports personalities, popular film actors, and singers also participated in the event. Bollywood's one of the leading ladies, Jacqueline can be seen sporting gym wear and the yoga postures with utmost perfection.
The theme of 5th International Yoga Day 2019 is "Climate Action".
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 September 2014. Than all the dancing and all that wear and tear came with it. Yoga has rehabilitated me, restrengthened me, toned me internally and externally, shaped my body, mind, and soul and aligned it, so the benefits are plenty.