Yoga has long been practiced to promote healthy minds and bodies, and world leaders are among it’s many practitioners. Here are just a few of them.
1. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India
On the second International Yoga Day, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi practiced yoga with 30,000 others at Chandigarh.
He has studied yoga with H.R Nagendra, Banglore and practice yoga on a daily basis.
2. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minster of Canada
Trudeau gets most of his yoga guidance from his wife, Sophie Gregoire, who is a hatha yoga instructor.
He also grew up with it. In 2013, he told the CBC that he admired a photograph of his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who could perform the advanced yoga pose “the peacock” by balancing his body entirely on his wrists.
“I used to do it an awful lot when I was younger. Now that I’ve hit 40, I’m not quite as able to do it as I used to be,” he told the CBC.
But just a few days after the article ran, he tweeted a photograph of his version of “the peacock.”
3. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was a big supporter of establishing International Yoga Day. But he is relatively new to the practice, performing his first-ever yoga moves in 2015.
4. David Cameron, Prime Minster of Canada
While it’s not clear if Cameron practices yoga personally, he and his wife Samantha, have been supporters for years.
Yoga helped in treating the Camerons’ late son Ivan who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Ivan, who died in 2009, attended the Special Yoga Centre in Kensal Rise which uses yoga to assist children with special needs. When the centre faced closure, Samantha Cameron held fundraising events and became an honorary patron, the Evening Standard reported.
Yoga helps children with special needs by making them “feel more comfortable in their bodies and with skills such as mobility, flexibility and stability,” Special Yoga Centre founder Jo Manuel said.