Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that Yoga has become one of the most powerful ‘Unifying Forces’ in the world. He was addressing a huge gathering on the 4th International Yoga Day held at the Forest Research Institute campus in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on June 21, 2018. Prime Minister Shri Modi performed Yogasan, Pranayama and Dhyan with about 50,000 yoga enthusiasts and volunteers at the Forest Research Institute campus.
The Prime Minister said, “It’s a proud moment for everyone that today, all over the world; people are welcoming the brightness and warmth of the sun with Yoga. From Dehradun to Dublin, from Shanghai to Chicago, and from Jakarta to Johannesburg, yoga is now spread everywhere”.
Giving a clear-cut message to the Yoga enthusiasts all over the world, Shri Modi said that the entire world has embraced Yoga and the glimpses of this can be seen in the way International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year. He further added that Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being.
Prime Minister said that we should not hesitate to honour our own legacy and heritage if we want the rest of the world to respect us. He said that Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient and yet modern, it is constant and yet evolving; it has the best of our past and present and provides a ray of hope for our future.
Talking about the potential of Yoga, the Prime Minister said that Yoga has a solution to most of the problems faced by people, as individuals as well as a society. He said that Yoga could lead to a calm, creative and content life, removing tensions and needless anxiety. “Instead of dividing, Yoga unites. Instead of further animosity, Yoga assimilates. Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals”, he added.
Vice-President Shri M Venkaiah Naidu was present in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis was also present on the occasion.
Union ministers Shri Rajnath Singh, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, and Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad also took part in yoga events in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Rudraprayag, Hajipur and Patna respectively.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh took part in #InternationalYogaDay2018 celebrations, in Raipur.
Haryana Chief Minister Shri Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Minister Smt. Smriti Irani participated in International Yoga Day programmes in Chandigarh and Jhajjar. Ms Irani performed asanas along with around 4,000 enthusiasts at the event. Chandigarh MP Smt. Kirron Kher and Chandigarh BJP President Shri Sanjay Tandon were also present.
Noteworthy, the idea of International Yoga Day was first proposed by the PM Shri Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014. He also suggested June 21 be observed as International Yoga Day all over the world, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. The proposal for yoga at the UN was supported in one voice by a majority of countries.
Earlier, PM Shri Modi was welcomed at the Dehradun airport by Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul, Chief Minister Shri TS Rawat and other leaders and officials.
Indian Army personnel take part in a yoga session in Secunderabad while eastern naval command staff perform yoga on board INS Jyothi in Bay of Bengal in Visakhapatnam. Eastern Naval Command’s submarine staff also participated in #InternationalYogaDay2018. Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel also perform Surya Namaskar in cold desert of Ladakh at an altitude of 18,000 feet.
The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year.
Infact, Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being.
#Yoga is an art of living, a way of being, it is about finding one’s true Self & connecting with it. On 21 June, join #YogaDay celebrations.
Yoga’s full potential should be harnessed to reduce NCD-related deaths: WHO
On the eve of International Day for Yoga, WHO on June 20, 2018 said yoga’s full potential should be harnessed as it reduces the risk of life-threatening non-communicable diseases.
Adequate physical activity improves muscular and cardio respiratory fitness enhances bone and functional health, helps prevent depression and promote mental health, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh said.
WHO said that practising yoga reduces the risk of life-threatening non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, stroke, heart attack and diabetes that causes around 8.5 million deaths across the world health body’s South-East Asia region annually.
Achieving the target of a 15 per cent increase in physical activity by 2030 requires all member states to stay on track or correct course where necessary, the WHO said.
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