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On the world's first International Yoga Day, India smashed the world record for largest yoga session. 

Travel + Leisure
June 22, 2015

On Sunday, the planet's yoga habitués—be they devout practitioners of the ancient spiritual methods or the Lulu Lemon-wearing types that largely populated the mats of New Yorks' Times Square—slipped off their shoes for a little Ardha Chandrasana as part of the first International Yoga Day. Participants posed in places like Kazakhstan, beneath the Eiffel Tower, and in Indian embassies around the globe.

The largest demonstration was, naturally, in New Dehli, where some 35,985 people participated. It was enough to beat the former world record for largest single-location yoga demonstration, the 2005 session that engaged slightly fewer than 30,000 Indian students. This mega session was led by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came up with the whole International Yoga Day idea (more likely as a slick political move than as a way to share one of the most beloved practices of his country).

Photos of the event, which coated the Rajpath outside of India's Parliamentary Building, are rather remarkable:

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