- International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on June 21
- Yoga tells us that we are the biggest source of energy: PM Modi
- Enthusiasm towards yoga has increased manifolds over the years: PM
New Delhi: India along with the world is celebrating the International Yoga Day 2021 on Monday (June 21). Yoga is an ancient practice that is said to have originated in India and helps in maintaining physical and mental well-being, according to the Ministry of Ayush. The practice of yoga has gained more importance over the past one and a half year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping this in consideration, the theme for International Yoga Day 2021 has been decided by the UN to be ‘Yoga for well-being’. In the country, the Yoga Day celebrations are being led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who addressed the lead event for the day.
Here are some of the quotes from PM Modi’s speech on the occasion of International Yoga Day:
- Yoga, A Ray Of Hope
“Today, when the whole world is fighting the corona pandemic, yoga remains a ray of hope. When the invisible coronavirus had knocked the world, then no country was prepared for it, by means, by strength and by mental state. We all have seen that in such difficult times, yoga has become a great medium of self-confidence,” said PM Modi.
- People’s Enthusiasm For Yoga Has Increased: PM Modi
“For most of the countries of the world, Yoga Day is not their age-old cultural festival. In this difficult time, people in so much trouble could forget it, ignore it. But on the contrary, people’s enthusiasm for yoga has increased, love for yoga has increased,” said PM Modi.
“Even though major public events have not been organised in countries around the world and in India for two years, the enthusiasm for Yoga Day has not diminished,” he added.
- Yoga Helps In Healing Process: PM Modi
“Today even medical science lays emphasis on the healing process, besides medical treatment. Yoga helps in healing process,” said the Prime Minister Narendra. “Doctors have used Yoga as an armour to treat patients. There are pictures of hospitals, with doctors, nurses teaching yoga performing breathing exercises like Anulom Vilom Prāṇāyāma. International experts have said that these exercises strengthen the breathing system,” he further added.
- Yoga Gives Us A Happier Way Of Life: PM Modi
“Yoga shows us the way from stress to strength and from negativity to creativity. Yoga takes us from depression to ecstasy and from ecstasy to prasad,” said PM Modi. “If there are threats to humanity, Yoga often gives us a way of holistic health. Yoga also gives us a happier way of life. I am sure, Yoga will continue playing its preventive, as well as promotive role in healthcare of masses,” he added.
- PM Modi Announces M-Yoga App
“When India proposed International Day of Yoga in the United Nations, it was the spirit behind it to make this yoga science accessible to the whole world. Today, India has taken another important step in this direction along with United Nations, WHO,” says PM Modi. “Now the world is going to get the power of M-Yoga app. In this app, many videos of yoga training will be available in different languages of the world based on Common Yoga Protocol,” he adds.
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