The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised yoga as a form of traditional medicine.
Yoga has been a tradition of Indian people since time immemorial and now people across the world have come to know Yoga after the United Nations set aside a day in a year as the International Day of Yoga.
The Modi's official Twitter handle, which has more than 30 million followers, has posted pictures of mass yoga sessions in China, Colombia, the United States, Paraguay, Mexico, Italy, Singapore and atop Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca citadel in Peru.
The practice began in ancient India, and Modi has described yoga as free health insurance and exhorted people to make it a part of their daily lives.
As part of International Yoga Day 2017, personnel of Indian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (NE) participated in mass yoga in another programme at the Coast Guard Regional Hq in Kolkata.
The premier also said how problems of all magnitude could be tackled with if everyone did yoga for about an hour.
"Yoga connects body, mind and soul". She said, "Yoga is not just restricted to different exercises".
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He lauded the citizens and yoga enthusiasts in Lucknow for coming in large numbers braving incessant rains.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been successful in giving an worldwide recognition to yoga, that has the quality to help people get over the biggest of problems. Yoga has the power to transmit the nature's energies to humans", the chief minister said after performing various asanas.
Thousands of people gathered for the event at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan despite continuous rain in the city.
But not everyone was enthusiastic - an influential hardline Islamist group in Bangladesh called for Muslims to boycott a yoga event organised by the Indian High Commission (embassy).
UP Governor Ram Naik also joined the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to perform asanas even as massive security arrangements have been made in Lucknow for the Prime Minister's visit.
The exact number of participants at the event will be declared after tabulation of the data..
Sadhvi Bhagawati Sarawasti, who was also present at the event, beautifully defined Yoga and its significance.