The Theme of Seventh International Yoga Day
Sri. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, propagates the idea of Yoga first in the year 2014. The UN General Assembly adopts the proposal and June 21 was celebrated as Yoga Day from the year 2015. Today, 21st June 2021, is the seventh International Yoga Day. The theme of this year’s Yoga day is Yoga for Wellness. It focuses on the wellness of physical and mental well-being.
Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi’s Address on Seventh International Yoga Day
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has said that despite the pandemic, this year’s theme for International Yoga Day –“Yoga for Wellness” has raised the morale of people and he wished for the health of every country, society, and individual and hoped that we will be united and will strengthen each other. He was speaking on the occasion of the seventh International Yoga Day, today.
Role of Yoga during Pandemic
The Prime Minister talked of Yoga’s role during the pandemic. He said Yoga has proved a source of strength and poise for people during this difficult time. He pointed out that it was easy for countries to forget Yoga Day during the pandemic as it is not intrinsic to their culture but, instead, enthusiasm for Yoga has increased globally. Yoga helped people to muster confidence and strength to fight the pandemic world over. The Prime Minister recalled how frontline Corona warriors made Yoga their shield and made themselves strong through yoga and how people, doctors nurses took to Yoga to deal with the effects of the virus. He said experts are stressing the importance of breathing exercises like pranayama and Anulom-Vilom for strengthening our respiratory system.
Children and Yoga
Quoting 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. Also, he noted studies on immunity through yoga and children doing yoga during their online classes. He said this is preparing children to fight Corona.
Holistic Nature of Yoga
The Prime Minister emphasized the holistic nature of yoga and said that it takes care of physical health as well as mental health. Yoga brings us in touch with our inner strength and protects us from all sorts of negativities. Stressing the positivity of yoga, the Prime Minister said “The shift from silos to union is Yoga. A proven way to experience, a realization of oneness is Yoga.” In this regard, he quoted Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore “the meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of the union.”
Prime Minister said that the mantra of ‘VasudhaivKutumbakam’ which India has followed for ages, 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 to holistic health. “Yoga also gives us a happier way of life. I am sure, Yoga will continue playing its preventive, as well as positive role in the healthcare of masses” said Prime Minister Modi.
M-Yoga App on the Seventh Yoga International Day
The Prime Minister announced that India and WHO took an important step today. The world is getting the M-Yoga app that will provide many videos of yoga training based on common yoga protocols in many languages. Terming this as a great example of the fusion of modern technology and ancient science, the prime minister hoped that the M-yoga app will help spread the yoga world over and contribute to ‘One World One Health’ efforts.
Yoga has a Solution for Everyone
Quoting from Gita, The Prime Minister said we need to continue moving on the collective journey of yoga as yoga has a solution for everyone. It is important that yoga reaches every person while keeping intact its foundation and core. Yoga acharyas and all of us should contribute to this task of taking yoga to everyone, said the Prime Minister.
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu’s Appeal
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today appealed to the people to make Yoga a part of their daily lives.
Extending greetings to the people on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, he said that Yoga helps us physically and mentally and improves the health of society. “It is good both for the people and the country”, he added.
Earlier in the day, Shri Naidu performed Yoga with his wife Smt. Ushamma on the lawns of the Upa-Rashtrapati Niwas.
News Reference: Press Information Bureau