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As a result, yoga related events were taking place around the world, he added.
He called for standardization of yoga and pointed out how the young were captivated by yoga, an age-old tradition propounded by saints and seers.
The Prime Minister described yoga as a free life insurance, which everyone can avail to better their health.
Owing to heavy rains and water logging at the venue, Modi jokingly told the large gathering -- where people used the yoga mats to shield themselves -- that he had now learnt the benefits of the yoga mat as well.