Kathmandu, June 21, 2016:Â International Yoga Day (IYD) is being observed across the country today organizing various programs.
Speaking at a program organised by the IYD Main Organising Committee in the Capital to mark the IYD, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said that yoga is an integral part of people daily activities for healthy body and sound thoughts.
He claimed that yoga was originated in Nepal, referring to the traditional form of exercise practised by our ancestors and scholars since years ago.
Saying that yoga is asset of all, he thanked to those who initiated for the recognition of yoga by the United Nations.
On December 11, 2014, the United Nations endorsed the proposal to observe June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
Similarly, Education Minister and coordinator of the IYD Main Organising Committee Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that yoga should be practised at school level as well.
Also, Health Minister Ram Janam Chaudhary urged all to practise yoga every day.
Likewise, Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae read out the message sent from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the day.
Also on the occasion, PM Oli, his wife Radhika Shakya and Deputy Prime Ministers, ministers, lawmakers and high level officials practised yoga for an hour.
Meanwhile, the PM honored Uttam Moktan for setting a new world record in ‘Yoga Marathon’. Moktan received Rs 51,000 in cash.
Moktan was recognised by Guinness World Records for practising yoga continuously for 50 hours and 15 minutes on December 17-19, 2015.
Similarly on the occasion, the PM launched three books on yoga (‘Tapai Ko Lagi Yoga’ authored by Dr Raju Adhikari, ‘Bichar Kranti’ published by Patanjali Yog Peeth Nepal and ‘Yoga Sandesh’ (Yoga for peace and harmony) by Nepal-based Indian embassy).