“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.”
This year, the theme of the day is ‘Yoga For Wellness’, to which Prime Minister Modi stated today 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.
In his address, PM Modi stated that “We have seen many schools begin their online classes with yoga. This is mentally & physically preparing children to fight the pandemic.”
mYoga Yoga app – for ‘One World, One Health’
Prime Minister Modi on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2021, also launched a “mYoga app that will be available worldwide.
“In collaboration with WHO, India has taken another important step. We will be launching the mYoga app which will have yoga training videos in different languages for people across the world. This will help us achieve our ‘One World, One Health’ motto,” the Prime Minister stated.
While there are so many problems around us, it is also to be noted that we’ve infinite solutions within ourselves. “We’re the biggest source of energy in the universe,” PM Modi said.
Recently, Yoga has emerged as a trendsetter, widely accepted by all age groups. It is stated to be a symbol of holistic health and well being, crucial for maintaining both physical and mental health.
Each Yogic activity is a key to improving flexibility, strength, and balance while also attaining harmony.
The Ministry of Culture has also mapped series of events to celebrate the International Day of Yoga today, at 75 cultural heritage locations across the country.