Millions of yoga enthusiasts stretch and twist in unison across the world this Sunday to mark the first International Yoga Day.

Thousands of people dressed in white sat on yellow mats under the Eiffel Tower. Similar events on the occasion of the International Yoga Day were held around the world, including in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Beijing and Manila.

In Taipei, more than 2,000 participants rolled out mats and performed 108 rounds of sun salutations — a sequence of yoga poses often practised at the beginning of a routine.

Tens of thousands of schoolchildren, bureaucrats, homemakers, soldiers and ordinary workers took part in the exercise.

Yoga was probably born in India but belongs anywhere. Many believe that yoga, an ancient physical, meditative and spiritual practice, is the best way to calm the mind and the best form of exercise for the body.

Indian officials said more than 35,000 people participated in the New Delhi’s event dedicated to the International Yoga Day, which was also an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest single yoga class at a single venue. Guinness representatives said they hired more than 1,500 members of a global accounting firm to count the number of participants at the Delhi venue. The previous title was held by 29,973 students from Gwalior, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, who set a record in November 2005.

Due to the rapidly increasing popularity of yoga, most of the related to the practice small businesses are flourishing. Read further: How to start a small business – Yoga Class.


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