“Today, when the whole world is combating the coronavirus disease pandemic, yoga remains a ray of hope,” said Prime Minister Modi on Monday while addressing the International Yoga Day.
Indeed, Yoga is not just about exercise, it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature!
The United Nations General Assembly, on December 11 2014, declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, where he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.”
The idea behind 21st June being the International Yoga Day is that “this date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.”
The theme of IDY 2021 is ‘Yoga For Wellness’, the idea behind this, as stated by Prime Minister Modi, is that “Yoga not only focuses on physical health but also mental health.”
Today, the importance of Yoga is being realized from a larger perspective wherein more students and practitioners of Yoga are looking for a deeper understanding of how Yoga can influence their life, attitudes and well-being.
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