Indian leader Narendra Modi takes his yoga mat to the UN

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets supporters upon his arrival in New York on June 20, 2023.

Take a mat.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made this Wednesday in the North Lawn area outside the United Nations headquarters in New York. Modi, who stopped at the UN en route to Washington, where he will be tasted, dined and bilaterally hosted by President Joe Biden’s White House as part of a state visit, showed off his yoga technique to the alongside diplomats, policy makers, members of the Native American community and various aspiring UN types seeking to combine body, mind, spirit and soul in the pursuit of health, balance and well-being.

Before getting down on all fours for a few tadasana (mountain pose), malasana (garland pose) and other standing, balancing and seated poses, Modi said a few words. Shortly after becoming India’s leader, in 2014 Modi convinced the UN to pass a resolution declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day.

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