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International Day of Yoga

The first International Day of Yoga was held on June 21 and India set a record for the largest yoga demonstration in a single venue. Many other countries participated in the holiday recognized by the United Nations.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, sits on a mat as he performs yoga along with thousands of Indians on Rajpath, in New Delhi, India, June 21. With nearly 36,000 in attendance, the yoga gathering set a record for the world's largest to mark the first International Yoga Day. (Saurabh Das/Associated Press)
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Students take part in a mass yoga session to mark the first International Day of Yoga at Peking University on June 21, in Beijing, China. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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Afghan students perform yoga during the first International Yoga Day, at a private school in Kabul, Afghanistan. Thousands of yoga enthusiasts took part in mass yoga programs to mark the first International Yoga Day throughout the world. (Massoud Hossaini/Associated Press)
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Participants perform yoga to mark the International Day of Yoga under the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, June 21. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)
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Israelis perform Yoga during the International Yoga Day in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 21. Thousands of yoga enthusiasts took part in mass yoga programs to mark the first International Yoga Day throughout the world. (Dan Balilty/Associated Press)
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Yoga enthusiasts gathered to take part in a mass Yoga session on the first International Day of Yoga in New Delhi, June 21. According to reportsnearly 36,000 people participated in a mass yoga demonstration which set the record as the largest yoga demonstration or class at a single venue. (Indian Ministry Defense)
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A woman does yoga in Times Square as part of the International Day of Yoga celebration on the Summer Solstice June 21, in New York City. 192 countries joined in for a mass yoga session to mark the United Nations declared, International Yoga Day. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
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People takes part in a mass yoga session to mark International Yoga Day at Campidoglio square in Rome on June 21. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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People practice yoga in Times Square as part of a Summer Solstice celebration on International Yoga Day in New York June 21. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
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Participants perform yoga to mark the International Yoga Day at Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, June 21. (Tomas Bravo/Reuters)
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Tthousands of participants perform yoga on Rajpath in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the first International Yoga Day as a "new era of peace", moments before he surprised thousands in New Delhi by taking to a mat himself to celebrate the ancient Indian practice. (VIJAY KUMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Participants attend the Yoga Fest to mark the International Day of Yoga at the Medeo skating rink at the altitude of some 1600 metres (5249 feet) above sea level in Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 21. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)
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Kashmiri students perform yoga as they mark International Yoga Day in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, June 21. Millions of yoga enthusiasts across the world bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures Sunday to mark International Yoga Day. (Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press)
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A woman practices yoga at the National Theatre Ruben Dario as part of a Summer Solstice celebration on International Yoga Day in Managua, Nicaragua, June 21. (Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters)
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Participants attend the Yoga Fest to mark the International Day of Yoga at the Medeo skating rink in Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 21. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)
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Indian army soldiers perform yoga at an army training area, in Chennai, India, June 21. Millions of yoga enthusiasts across the world bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures Sunday to mark International Yoga Day. (Arun Sankar K/Associated Press)
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Yoga enthusiasts perform Yoga on the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga in Manila, Philippines, June 21. The United Nations has declared June 21 as the first International Day of Yoga after adopting a resolution proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. (RITCHIE B. TONGO)
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Ivan Stanley, a 41 year-old Indian man attempts to breaks the world’ record for holding a headstand during celebrations of World Yoga Day, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 21. Stanley held the position for 61 minutes and registered his attempt with the Guinness World Records, which has yet to announce if he broke the record. (Kamran Jebreili/Associated Press)
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Yoga enthusiasts perform yoga in Colombo, in a yoga session to mark the first International Yoga Day (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Yoga students from India perform onstage on the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga in Bangkok, Thailand, June 21. (DIEGO AZUBEL/EPA)
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