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World Yoga Day

Indian fakirs and sadhus, in those ghastly days of rampant, stereotyping Western Orientalism, were known across the world for their powers of levitation. They now have a latter-day competitor in the fabulously athletic form of Madhavi Nimkar. We have admiring eyes not only for her floral-printed workout leotard, but for those shoulders and forearms that elevates her being so exemplarily on the International Day of Yoga. So between jawans doing extreme asanas in Ladakh’s extreme climate and Madhavi, who do you pick? We have a divided house on this.

Enthusiasts practice yoga to mark International Yoga Day keeping a social distance as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown at the ARA Yoga Caracas Studio in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Israeli women perform 'yoga' to celebrate the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Jerusalem.

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People practice Yoga at the bank of river Ganga on the occasion of International Yoga Day, in Mirzapur.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal performs yoga on the occasion of International Day of Yoga at his home, in Chandigarh.

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Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi performs Yoga with the people from different communities on the occasion of the 6th International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi.

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People participate in a yoga session and awareness camp on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at Sri Ramakrishna Sevasramam in Kochi.

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Marathi actress Madhavi Nimkar practices yoga on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, at her residence in Mumbai.

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Police personnel perform yoga in front of Red Fort on the occasion of International Yoga Day, in New Delhi.

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Students perform 'yoga' on the occasion of International Day of Yoga, inside of an indoor stadium in Agartala.

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Citizen participates in a yoga session to mark the World Yoga Day in Bengaluru.

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People practice 'yoga' on the bank of the Ganga River on the occasion of the international Day of Yoga, in Varanasi.

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Officials perform yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day based on a theme 'Yoga At Home and Yoga with Family', at Embassy of India in Washington DC, USA. The programme was started via video message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Assam Rifles personnel practice 'yoga' to observe the sixth International Day of Yoga at Sajik Tampak village of Chandel district in Manipur.

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Youngsters perform yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.

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Border Security Force (BSF) personnel perform yoga on the occasion of International Day of Yoga, at Attari Wagah border.

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BJP leaders perform 'yoga' on the occasion of International Day of Yoga in Srinagar.

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Yoga guru Baba Ram Dev performs yoga with youngsters on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

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Assam Rifles perform yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at Assam Rifles Training Centre High School in Dimapur.

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Women perform yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at Bolpur in Birbhum.

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Youngsters perform 'yoga' at a lawn near Vijay Chowk on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi.

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Young wrestlers perform yoga as seen on the International Yoga Day, in New Delhi.

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A man performs 'yoga' on the 6th International Day of Yoga, at Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with his wife Sadhna Singh practices yoga at his residence on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Bhopal.

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Women practice 'yoga' at a park on the International Day of Yoga, in Jalandhar.

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Afghan enthusiasts wear a protective face mask as they perform yoga to mark International Yoga Day during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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ITBP personnel practice 'yoga' near Khardung La to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Ladakh.

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ITBP personnel practice 'yoga' at Thiksay Monastery to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Leh, Ladakh.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla performs 'yoga' on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi.

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BJP President J P Nadda (L) performs 'yoga' at his residence on the occasion of 6th International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi.

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Girls perform yoga postures on the bank of Hooghly River on the occasion of International Day of Yoga, at Santipur in Nadia.

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BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur takes part in a yoga session with party leaders to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga, at the party office in Bhopal.

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People perform yoga at a park on the occasion of International Day of Yoga Day, in Prayagraj.

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal practices 'yoga' at his residence, on International Day of Yoga, in Dibrugarh.

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ITBP personnel practice 'yoga' on the 6th International Day of Yoga, at Khardung La in Ladakh.

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ITBP personnel practice 'yoga' on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Sikkim Himalayas.

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ITBP personnel practice 'yoga' on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Ladakh.

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People perform 'yoga' at Gandhi Maidan to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Patna.

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Women perform yoga on the occasion of 6th International Day of Yoga, in Jammu.

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Youngsters perform 'yoga' on the bank of River Brahmaputra to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Guwahati.

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Youngsters perform 'yoga' at Gandhi Maidan to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Patna.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal practices 'yoga' at his residence, on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal practices 'yoga' at his residence, on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi.

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Mahant Divya Giri along with his followers practices 'yoga' at the Gomti River bank on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Lucknow.

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People practice 'yoga' at Worli promenade to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Mumbai.

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A fitness enthusiast performs yoga on International Day of Yoga, at Indraprastha Park, in New Delhi.

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People perform yoga on International Day of Yoga at Indraprastha Park, in New Delhi.

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A group of yoga lovers perform yoga on International Day of Yoga at Indraprastha Park, in New Delhi

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Fitness enthusiasts perform yoga on International Day of Yoga, at Indraprastha Park, in New Delhi

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Women perform yoga at Lodhi Gardens on the 6th International Day of Yoga, in New Delhi.

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A fitness enthusiast performs yoga on International Day of Yoga at Lodhi Garden, in New Delhi.

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People perform yoga on International Day of Yoga at Lodhi Garden, in New Delhi.

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Fitness enthusiasts perform yoga on International Day of Yoga, at Lodhi Garden, in New Delhi.

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A group of yoga lovers perform yoga on International Day of Yoga at Lodhi Garden, in New Delhi.

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A fitness enthusiast performs yoga on International Day of Yoga, at Nehru Park, in New Delhi.

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Fitness enthusiasts perform yoga on International Day of Yoga, at Nehru Park, in New Delhi. On June 21 the whole World celebrates this day 'International Day of Yoga' following the United Nations Assembly in 2014.

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Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Information & Broadcasting and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise, Prakash Javadekar performing Yoga, on the occasion of the 6th International Day of Yoga 2020, in New Delhi.

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu performing Yoga, on the occasion of the 6th International Day of Yoga 2020, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind performing Yoga, on the occasion of the 6th International Day of Yoga 2020, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi.

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Naval officers and cadets perform yoga on board the decommissioned INS Viraat to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Naval Docks in Mumbai.

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Palestinian youth take part in a massive yoga fest held to mark the fifth International Yoga Day at Umayyad Palace of Hisham in Jericho.

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A dog rests among the yoga participants during a World Yoga Day activity in Havana, Cuba.

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Bollywood actress Malaika Arora performs yoga to mark the 5th International Yoga Day, in Mumbai.

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Chinese Army personnel and thirty civilians participated in joint Yoga sessions with Indian Army troops on the 5th International Day of Yoga, along the LAC on the Eastern Border at Bumla and Wacha-Damai.

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Students perform yoga to commemorate the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Magercoil in Kanyakumari.

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People perform yoga on 5th International Day of Yoga, in Mysuru.

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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu with other participants performs yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Itanagar.

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Revelers perform yoga soon after sun rise at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, near Salisbury, England.

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People participate in the Mind Over Madness yoga event to celebrate the summer solstice during a rainstorm in New York's Times Square.

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People perform yoga on the ocassion of the 5th International Day of Yoga organised by India Tourism London at UNESCO heritage site of Durdle Door, on the southwestern coast of England.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel perform yoga to mark the 5th International Yoga Day, in Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh.

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Navy personnel perform yoga on 5th International Day of Yoga onboard INS Ranvir, sailing across the Bay of Bengal.

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Women perform yoga to mark the 5th International Yoga Day, in Varanasi.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) troops (ITBP) perform yoga to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Azheekal beach, Kollam district.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) troops (ITBP) perform yoga to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Navidhang, Uttarakhand.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) troops (ITBP) perform yoga to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Vasudhara glacier, near Badrinath.

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Members of 2 Army Dog Unit perform 'Doga' (Dog Yoga) on the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Jalandhar.

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Children take part in a mass yoga session to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Nagpur.

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Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik performs yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Thyagraj Stadium, in New Delhi.

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BJP MP and Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan performs yoga at a mass yoga Session on the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Dwarka in New Delhi.

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Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani performs yoga at a mass yoga Session on the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Raj Nagar in New Delhi.

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BJP MP and Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan performs yoga at a mass yoga Session on the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Dwarka in New Delhi.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah performs yoga during a rogramme organised on the occasion of 5th International Day of Yoga, in Rohtak.

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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari along with other participants performs yoga to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Nagpur.

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Doctors perform yoga during an event organised on the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Srinagar.

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Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty performs yoga during a programme on International Day of Yoga at Gateway of India in Mumbai.

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Jawans of Assam Rifles perform yoga to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga at India- Myanmar border in Nagaland.

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People perform yoga during International Yoga Day in Prayagraj.

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People perform yoga during International Yoga Day in Prayagraj.

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People perform yoga during International Yoga Day in Prayagraj.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Rajpath in New Delhi.

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Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar gestures as he speaks during Yoga Celebrations for the Diplomatic Corps on the occasion of 5th International Day opf Yoga, at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi.

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Diplomats perform yoga during Yoga Celebration for the Diplomatic Corps on the occasion of 5th International Day of Yoga at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi.

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JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda performs yoga on the occasion of 5th International Day of Yoga in Bengaluru.

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National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets take part in a mass yoga session to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Maniksha Parade Ground in Bengaluru.

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Kendriya Vidyalaya students take part in a mass yoga session to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga at their school premises, in Chennai.

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Participants during the International Yoga Day celebrations at Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi.

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Yoga enthusiasts take part in a mass yoga session to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Maniksha Parade Ground in Bengaluru.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during an event to mark International Yoga Day in Ranchi.

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Participants perform at a mass yoga session organised to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi.

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