Thousands to mark first ever International Day of Yoga
Thousands of people are preparing to gather at events around the world to mark the first International Day of Yoga, as India pushes to raise awareness about the ancient discipline.
Events will be held on Sunday in 177 countries, including Australia, where yoga practitioners will gather in cities and towns across the country.
The idea of a yoga day was first mooted by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, a yoga practitioner himself, who spoke about the benefits at the UN general assembly in November last year.
Yoga lets people "discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature", Mr Modi said at the time.
More than 35,000 people will gather in New Delhi for a half an hour public yoga session which will begin at 7:00am (local time), hoping to secure a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.