Differently abled children in India’s western Surat city exercised and meditated in a yoga camp on June 18, ahead of International Day of Yoga.
A total of 150 children with different kinds of disabilities participated in the camp and performed various asanas or yoga postures.
The camp is organized by a nongovernmental organization. Adults of different ages also took part.
“I can take care of the differently abled students. Through yoga, I can enhance their confidence level, that is why I make them do yoga and also so that they can become good citizens,” said yoga trainer Phalguni Godiwala.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed for the annual event to be celebrated worldwide soon after winning power in 2014, lending his political weight to an industry that has grown up around the ancient physical and spiritual discipline and is estimated to be worth $80 billion.
The United Nations declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga after adopting a measure proposed by Modi.