Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday said Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful body and mind and helps in managing stress and anxiety.

Addressing media on the sidelines of 4th International Yoga Day at the historic Ridge, Thakur said Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition as it embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action with harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being.

“Prime Minster Narendra Modi in 2014 suggested United Nations to celebrate 21 June, the longest day of the year as the International Yoga Day,” he said.

He said that since then, whole world was celebrating this day as Yoga Day. Yoga was not only an exercise but a way discovers the sense of oneness with the world and the nature.

The Chief Minister said that the art of practicing yoga helps in controlling an individual’s mind, body and soul.

The 4th International Yoga Day was celebrated here at the historic Ridge where Governor Acharya Devvrat and Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda performed yoga.

Governor Acharya Devvrat said it is a matter of pride for us that the whole world was adopting Yoga today.

“It is related to our ancient culture, tradition and spirituality which keeps both body and mind healthy,” he said, adding most diseases were related to the mind and to purify your mind one should practice yoga in your life.