Newdelhi:21/6/20: The 6th International Day of Yoga is being celebrated today. The celebrations commenced with a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a televised message, Mr. Modi said Yoga brings people together and gives a message of universal brotherhood. He said, Yoga has emerged as a force for unity and it does not discriminate and goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and nations.
Mr. Modi said Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet and it has emerged as a force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity. Prime Minister said Yoga helps in strengthening our respiratory and immune system which plays a crucial part in dealing with diseases.
He said, Yoga gives us not only physical strength but also provides mental balance and emotional stability to confidently face the challenges before us. Prime Minister said, Yoga gives us the confidence and will power to overcome challenges in life and it also gives us peace of mind.
Mr Modi said, World is realising the potential of Yoga in this Coronavirus pandemic and people affected with coronavirus are taking the benefit of Yoga. He said, Coronavirus hits our respiratory system and several breathing exercises like Pranayam and Anulom Vilom strengthen our respiratory system. He said, taking part in the My Life-My Yoga video blogging contest during the coronavirus pandemic, shows that enthusiasm for Yoga is increasing.
Prime Minister said, this year the theme of Yoga day is, Yoga at home, Yoga with family and when family members perform yoga, an energy flows into the house. Therefore, this time, Yoga day is also a day of emotional Yoga and it is a day to increase our family bonding.
He said anybody can embrace Yoga and day is not far away when the world will witness the success of health and happy humanity and Yoga can definitely help us make this happen.
He appealed to the people to embrace Yoga as a daily routine activity.
Home Minister Amit Shah said that Yoga is a medium of establishing harmony between body and mind, action and thought and man and nature. In a tweet, he said, this precious gift of Indian culture has been given global acceptance by the efforts of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The observation of the International Day of Yoga in the past years has been marked by mass demonstrations of Yoga in public places. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year, the main focus is on encouraging people to do Yoga at their homes with the participation of the entire family.
Yoga is found to be a significant activity in the current pandemic situation as its practice leads to both physical and mental wellbeing and increases the individual’s ability to fight diseases in an effective manner.
To promote Yoga, My Life, My Yoga-video blogging contest with attractive prizes is also being organized by Ministry of Ayush in which the people are being encouraged to post their short video clips performing different Yogasanas.