• India bends it like Modi on first World Yoga Day

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    YOGA MINISTER  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi(C) participates in a mass yoga session along with other Indian oga practitioners to mark the International Yoga Day on Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO

    YOGA MINISTER
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi(C) participates in a mass yoga session along with other Indian oga practitioners to mark the International Yoga Day on Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO

    NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday 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. Yoga-loving Modi led more than 35,000 people, including bureaucrats, students and soldiers, performing poses such as the half camel and cobra in a 35-minute mass outdoor yoga session beginning at 7:00 am (0130 GMT) on a New Delhi boulevard. “Yoga is more than only physical fitness. We are not only celebrating a day but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace,” Modi told the crowd at Rajpath Avenue.

    AFP

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