Modi takes to Twitter to promote yoga day

As preparations were on full swing to mark International Yoga Day on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday posted an instructional video on “Shashankasana” on a social networking site, saying that this bit of yoga was ideal for reducing stress and anger.

“Shashankasana is the ideal Asana to practice to reduce stress and anger,” he wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter, posting the video.

Modi, an avid practitioner of yoga, also posted the link to a website dedicated to International Yoga Day, launched by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, saying it provides all the details about the programmes to be conducted internationally on June 21 and later.

On the website, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has uploaded a 44-minute film showcasing how yoga is both “an art and science” for healthy living. The ministry has also posted documentaries on yoga.

“This film is an introductory guide to the principles and practice of yoga, an age-old Indian spiritual discipline based on extremely subtle science,” it said. The film is divided into two parts. The first, about eight minutes long, introduces the concept and gives a brief history of yoga, and has tips on what to do before, during and after practising yoga.

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