In Pics: Mats, Asanas, a Dog – How the World Embraced Yoga Day

All the madness, energy, and twists and turns that marked International Yoga Day in different countries.

Updated22 Jun 2016, 01:20 AM IST
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Overriding concerns about traffic jams, crowded metros and the quintessential debate over “chanting om”, 21 June was finally celebrated as International Yoga Day for the second time.

While Modi led sessions across India, the enthusiasm was palpable all over the world.

We bring you the madness, energy, and twists and turns that marked the day in different countries.

Mexico

Mexico was special. Among yoga enthusiasts in this particular session was a dog.

International Yoga Day celebrations in Mexico. (Photo: AP)
International Yoga Day celebrations in Mexico. (Photo: AP)

Times Square, New York

Times Square will witness people performing asanas all day long on Tuesday.

Times Square London is filled with people doing yoga. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/TimesSquareNYC">Times Square</a>)
Times Square London is filled with people doing yoga. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Times Square)

France

People gathered at the Eiffel Tower. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ <a href="https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy">Indian Diplomacy</a>)
People gathered at the Eiffel Tower. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Indian Diplomacy)
Yoga at a beach in France. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ <a href="https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy">Indian Diplomacy</a>)
Yoga at a beach in France. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Indian Diplomacy)

China

Nine cities in Eastern China including Shanghai and Wenzhou hosted what is being termed the largest Yoga Day celebrations in the region this year.

China celebrating International Yoga day. (Photo: AP)
China celebrating International Yoga day. (Photo: AP)
Yoga <i>asanas</i> being performed in China. (Photo: AP)
Yoga asanas being performed in China. (Photo: AP)

Australia

Participants strike a pose during an event to mark International Yoga Day. (Photo: AP)
Participants strike a pose during an event to mark International Yoga Day. (Photo: AP)


Participants at an event to mark International Yoga Day. (Photo: AP)
Participants at an event to mark International Yoga Day. (Photo: AP)

Malaysia

Yoga day in Malaysia. (Photo: AP)
Yoga day in Malaysia. (Photo: AP)

London

Yoga enthusiasts braved the chilly weather to be a part of the yoga celebrations.

Londoners come together to celebrate the spirit of yoga. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ <a href="https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy">Indian Diplomacy</a>)
Londoners come together to celebrate the spirit of yoga. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Indian Diplomacy)

Dhaka

Hundreds of people get together in Dhaka for a yoga session. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ <a href="https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy">Indian Diplomacy</a>)
Hundreds of people get together in Dhaka for a yoga session. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Indian Diplomacy)

Afghanistan

Yoga day session in Afghanistan. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy">Indian Diplomacy</a>)
Yoga day session in Afghanistan. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Indian Diplomacy)


Yoga day celebrations in Afghanistan. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy">Indian Diplomacy</a>)
Yoga day celebrations in Afghanistan. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Indian Diplomacy)

Russia

Aasanas in Russia. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ <a href="https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy">Indian Diplomacy</a>)
Aasanas in Russia. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Indian Diplomacy)

Sri Lanka

Yoga in Sri Lanka. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ <a href="https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy">Indian Diplomacy</a>)
Yoga in Sri Lanka. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Indian Diplomacy)

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Published: 21 Jun 2016, 06:35 AM IST

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