PM Modi, Addressed the nation on the occasion of International Day of Yoga, 2020. “All of us are doing yoga at home with the family. Yoga unifies people, unifies the world. Yoga is helping us in this fight against this pandemic. The pranayamas help us in building immunity and resolving respiratory illnesses,” said PM Modi while addressing the Nation. Following his address, demonstration of a 45-minute Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) by a team from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga took place.
“Due to the current global health emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the focus this year is less on such celebrations and more on people performing Yoga at their respective homes with the participation of the entire family,” said the AYUSH Ministry.
This year’s theme is ‘Yoga at home, Yoga with family’. Whereas the UN suggested a theme ‘Yoga for health – Yoga at home’.
PM Modi addressing the Nation
How International Yoga Day came into play:
International Yoga day is celebrated worldwide on 21 June every year since 2015. With the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution for International Yoga day in 2014 with the overwhelming support of 177 member nations. Since then, Yoga Day was recognized and observed Globally every year.
While addressing the UN General Assembly in 2014, PM Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature, a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
The first Yoga day in India after international recognition was observed in Delhi. Arrangements were made by the Ministry of AYUSH. Around 36,000 people including PM Modi and Dignitaries from 84 nations performed 21 Asanas for 35 minutes in at Rajpath, New Delhi. The first-ever International Day of Yoga created two records, one for the largest yoga class and the other for the highest number of nationalities to have participated.
PM Modi wisely picked 21 June as the day for celebrating Yoga since it marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and is the longest day of the year. It also has much significance in several parts of the world. This year Summer Solstice will coincide with a Ring of Fire eclipse or an annular eclipse.
Performing yoga at a time of the Global pandemic has much more relevance, it calms down the human mind and balances both body and soul. The breathing exercises and asanas relieve stress, anxiety, and induces a feeling of well being and happiness.