Thirty-five asanas would be performed. At the events held across the world, yoga gurus from established yoga schools would be presiding over the function, including via web linkup.
"We are expecting more than 20 crore people just within Indian cities, towns and villages to be doing yoga on June 21," AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik told IANS. The UN General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga following a proposal by Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the UNGA on September 27 last year.
The resolution for the Yoga Day was co-sponsored by 175 of the 193 member nations in a short period of 75 days.
Forty-seven of the 56 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries too joined as co-sponsors, in a telling example of the universality of yoga. While Pakistan did not co-sponsor, it did not object to the resolution either. The major yoga schools associated with the worldwide event are Ravi Shankar's Art of Living Foundation, which runs around 150 centres across the world, the Isha Foundation, the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute, Patanjanli International Yoga Foundation and the Gayatri Pariwar.
All participants would have practiced the exercises of the Common Yoga Protocol before attending Sunday's event.
The asanas are divided into different sections, beginning with the loosening up exercises, followed by standing posture exercises, sitting posture asanas, prone posture exercises and supine posture asanas. The Savasana or the dead body posture is the final exercise, after which some breathing exercises like Kapalbhati and Pranayama would be done, then dhyan or meditation, and finally the Shanti Path recited. A two-day international yoga conference will be held in Delhi following the event. It is estimated that 250 million people around the world practise yoga, over 20 million of them in the US.