On International Yoga Day on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned yoga turned a supply of internal power for individuals and a medium to rework negativity to creativity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Yoga shows us the road from stress to strength and from negativity to creativity. Yoga tells us that so many problems might be out there, but we have infinite solutions within ourselves. We are the biggest source of energy in the universe,” PM Modi mentioned as he addressed the nation on the seventh International Yoga Day. “Today even medical science lays emphasis on the healing process, besides medical treatment. Yoga helps in the healing process,” PM Modi added.
This year, the theme of the International Day of Yoga is ‘Yoga For Wellness’, and the focus can be on practising yoga for bodily and psychological well-being.
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President Ram Nath Kovind, vice chairman Venkaiah Naidu, a number of union ministers and residents throughout the nation carried out yoga on the event. However, the celebrations and occasions have been mured and held just about due to the coronavirus pandemic.
International Yoga Day has been celebrated each year on June 21 since 2015.
The proposal to observe an International Yoga Day was first launched by PM Modi in his handle throughout the opening of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature,” PM Modi mentioned.
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PM Modi proposed that June 21 be picked for celebrating International Yoga Day because it marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere – the longest day of the year and regarded auspicious in lots of cultures.
The United Nations, recognizing its common attraction, proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by decision 69/131 on December 11, 2014. The International Day of Yoga goals to elevate consciousness worldwide of the many advantages of practising yoga.
The draft decision establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a file 175 member states. The decision notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.”
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The first-ever International Yoga Day noticed the participation of practically 36,000 individuals, together with PM Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations, who carried out 21 asanas for 35 minutes at Delhi’s Rajpath. The International Day of Yoga created two information, a Guinness World Record for the largest yoga class at a single venue and the different for the highest variety of nationalities to have participated.
“From the Upanishads, comes the idea of yoga to transform human consciousness through control of body and senses through constant practice. The body is the vehicle for the realisation of the Supreme Being,” PM Modi mentioned throughout his speech at the occasion.
The day billed as one to promote “harmony and peace” additionally triggered an argument with some Muslim organisations saying yoga is basically a Hindu non secular apply and is in opposition to Islam. Authorities denied the cost and mentioned that participation in the yoga day isn’t obligatory.
Celebrations have been held in 192 of the 193 UN member international locations, besides Yemen, and occasions have been held in 251 cities in six continents with 30,000 individuals performing yoga in Times Square in New York.
Yoga, an historic bodily, psychological and non secular apply, originated in India 1000’s of years in the past. The phrase ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to be a part of or to unite, symbolising the union of physique and thoughts.