By: SHANKAR KUMAR, Senior Journalist
Associated with an individual human’s wellness, Yoga has become an instrument of happiness, disease and stress-free life. Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly emphasized that when the whole world is combating the deadly coronavirus disease, Yoga has emerged as a ray of hope.
Indeed, as the Prime Minister said on the occasion of the seventh International Day of Yoga; this 5,000-year-old body and mind discipline has proved to be a source of strength and poise for people during these difficult times.
In trying times like this, Yoga has helped people in mustering confidence and strength to fight the pandemic, the world over. Doctors, health workers and other frontline corona warriors made Yoga their shield in their fight against the pandemic, the Prime Minister said.
Derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’ which means ‘unite,’ Yoga is the manifestation of oneness.
This positive aspect of Yoga was very clearly defined by the Prime Minister on the International Day of Yoga when he said, “The shift from silos to union is Yoga. A proven way to experience a realization of oneness is Yoga.”
The theme of this year’s International Day of Yoga was “Yoga for Wellness.” This literally corresponds to Yoga’s virtue of infusing positive energy and physical and mental wellbeing among its practitioners.
This is the reason Yoga has not found any challenge in its acceptance throughout the globe despite the world being diverse in culture, colour, faith, creed, customs and religion.
Quoting the great Tamil Saint Thiruvalluvar, the Prime Minister said Yoga goes to the root cause of disease and is instrumental in healing. He expressed satisfaction that globally, research is being conducted on the healing properties of Yoga.
Inevitably, by highlighting such beneficial aspects of Yoga, a message was sent across the world by the Prime Minister, that Yoga not only helps in developing immunity in the individual body but also helps in driving away all sorts of negativities.
Apparently, it has been the root cause behind the Prime Minister’s announcement of launching an ‘M-Yoga App’ in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. This app will provide many videos of yoga training based on common yoga protocol in many languages.
Prime Minister Modi termed this as a great example of the fusion of modern technology and ancient science. His argument was that the app will contribute towards the efforts of ‘One World One Health.’ Significantly, he found a connection between Yoga and the Indian ethos of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,’ which means, the world is one family.
In fact, it is this sense of togetherness that urges one to pray for the well-being of others. This is was what Prime Minister Modi meant to convey when he said, “If there are threats to humanity, Yoga often gives us a way of holistic health.”
Overall, Yoga has enabled India to have a larger cultural footprint on the international canvas. Since the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in 2015, millions of people in the world have found themselves irresistibly drawn towards this discipline of wellness. Of the 193 UN member countries, more than 170 countries support Yoga, which exemplifies its popularity.
In India, there is hardly any segment that is not enjoying Yoga and the value attached to it. Marking the International Day of Yoga as a highly memorable event, India Post launched a special pictorial collection stamp.
The special stamp has a graphical design with International Day of Yoga 2021 written in both Hindi and English languages. But the charm of the day was the exemplary yoga asanas performed by Indian armed forces based in different corners of the country. Indian Missions across several parts of the world organized events to commemorate the day.
Thanks to Yoga’s popularity in many countries Yoga related activities started well before June 21 and will continue till June 24, indicating categorically that people want to relish the positivity of Yoga.