Speaking on the occasion, the President conveyed his best wishes to all on International Yoga Day. He said that India is the home of Yoga where it was practiced over centuries. One of the most important teachers of Yoga was Yoga Guru Patanjali. He stated that Yoga is both an art as well as a science. It has amazing curative as well as preventive powers for the well-being of humanity and for the management of many modern lifestyle related disorders. He expressed his happiness that many residents of Rashtrapati Bhavan have been practicing Yoga for a long period of time. He was also happy to see that the employees and residents are participating enthusiastically to commemorate the International Yoga Day.
Around 1000 residents and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President’s Body Guard, the Army Guard, ITBP and the Delhi Police participated in the mass Yoga event. The event was organized in collaboration with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India). Yoga practice classes were also conducted for residents of the President’s Estate from June 1 to 20, 2015 in preparation for the International Yoga Day.