WorldViews: How International Yoga Day got India all bent out of shape

By Annie Gowen, June 19, 2015

Last year, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his maiden speech before the United Nations, he spoke of one of his country’s best known cultural exports in lofty terms. “Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition," he said. "It is not about exercise but to discover oneness within yourself, the world and nature.” He used the occasion to propose an International Yoga Day, eventually supported by 177 countries and ratified by the United Nations last year. It's all part of Modi's hope to rebrand India's yoga to the world.Read full article >>