Personnel belonging to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police performed yoga at the height of 18,000 feet, while over a thousand navy personnnel are performing asanas on the INS Virat against the view of the Arabian Sea on the occasion of International Yoga Day.
However in its present-day use, yoga is often no more than a form of exercise, Michael says.
Eastern Naval Command's submarine staff also participated in International Yoga Day.Sailors do yoga in what is probably the submarine's torpedo room.
Yoga helps in building focus and strength necessary to keep a soldier fighting fit. Modi said India should be proud to be the "guardians of the great practice".
For the International Yoga Day (IDY) 2018, the AYUSH Ministry is all set to organise a tour for the overseas Yoga professionals to the "Yoga's birthplace" that is the southern state of Kerala. "Nigerians are beginning to see benefits in spite of the religious beliefs attached to Yoga".
He further appealed to those who are associated with yoga to "do it regularly and those who have not yet adopted yoga to give it a try".
"As the Sun is for all, the Moon is for all, rivers are for all, in the same way yoga is for all", he said.
International Yoga Day: India takes a deep breath with Modi on the mat
The yoga session was conducted by four students, two each from Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Vidyapeeth in Haridwar and the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi.
What is most noticeable is the growing interest of people from different parts of the world in yoga, which manifests itself fully during events such as these.
Describing some of yoga poses, she said "Asana and Savasana are steady and pleasant postures which produce mental equilibrium and prevent fickleness of mind as it brings steadiness, health and lightness of limb".
She describes Yoga as "the ideal therapy" for people recovering from the thought of suicide, domestic violence, drug addiction, war and other crises.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in his address said that "it was matter of pride for Uttarakhand residents that they got an opportunity to do yoga along with the Prime Minister" and thanked the PM for choosing Uttarakhand to host the fourth International Yoga Day event.
But this doesn't bother the spiritual head of the biggest ashram or retreat in Rishikesh, the Indian city on the banks of the holy Ganges river considered the world yoga capital. The yogamarket in the U.S.is touted to be worth $16 billion.