Thursday, August 5, 2021

‘Yoga a ray of hope in Covid-hit world’: PM Modi

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Addressing the seventh International Yoga Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted the role of Yoga during COVID-19 by highlighting that ‘yoga is a source of strength and poise for people during this difficult time’.

“Today the entire world is combating the Covid-19 pandemic. When pandemic appeared, no one was prepared from the point of view of resources, capabilities, or mental toughness. Yoga helped people to muster confidence and strength to fight with the pandemic world over,” said the Prime Minister.

This year’s theme for International Yoga Day –“Yoga for wellness” has encouraged the morale of people, society, and different countries. I hope that we will be united and will strengthen each other, he added.

The Prime Minister further recalled how frontline Corona warriors have made Yoga their shield and made themselves strong by doing it. They are stressing the imperativeness of breathing exercises like pranayama and anulom-vilom for strengthening our respiratory system, said the PM.

The Prime Minister also launched the M-Yoga app, which will help in achieving ‘One World One Health’. “In collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), India has taken another important step. We have launched the mYoga app which will provide yoga training videos in different languages for people across the globe,” he added

Terming it as a great example of synergy between modern technology and ancient science, PM Modi expressed the hope that the M-Yoga app will help in spreading yoga throughout the world and will contribute to the efforts of ‘One World One Health’.

Acting on the ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, PM Modi said India has followed this mantra for ages, and this is now finding global acceptance. We all are praying for each other’s well-being. If there are threats to humanity, Yoga often gives us a way of holistic health.

“Yoga shows us a happier way of life. I am sure, Yoga will continue playing its major, as well as a positive role in the healthcare of masses” said Prime Minister Modi.

Quoting from Gita, PM Modi said we need to continue moving on the collective journey of yoga as it has a solution for everyone. It is imperative that yoga reaches every person while keeping intact its foundation and core. Yoga acharyas along with all of us should contribute to this task of taking yoga to everyone.

The 7th International Yoga Day is being celebrated across the world today. On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGC) had declared June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, months after PM Modi had proposed the idea.

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