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International Yoga Day 2021: Political Leaders Practice Yoga Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Urge People To Adopt The Ancient Practice

Here is how the political leaders in India are celebrating International Yoga Day 2021, the day dedicated to raising awareness about the mental and physical benefits of the ancient practice

International Yoga Day 2021: Political Leaders Practice Yoga Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Urge People To Adopt The Ancient Practice
  • Yoga is India’s gift to the world: Minister Kiren Rijiju
  • June 21, 2021 marks the Seventh Yoga Day
  • The 2021 theme for Yoga Day is ‘Yoga for Well-Being’

New Delhi: According to the Ministry of Ayush, Yoga is essential for attaining mental and physical well-being. The ancient practice has become even more relevant now as the world fights the devastating COVID-19 pandemic as it helps in strengthening the immune system as well, say experts. In his address on the occasion of the International Yoga Day that is celebrated every year on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called yoga a ray light that takes people from stress to strength and from negativity to creativity.

Also Read: Yoga Helped People During Pandemic, Has Increasing Global Acceptance: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

As the world observes the seventh edition of International Yoga Day on Monday, political leaders in India practiced yoga to mark the day:

President Ram Nath Kovind also performed yoga on International Yoga Day. President Kovid said via social media,

Greetings! Our ancient seers’ vision of bringing mind-body together to achieve holistic health and happiness has benefited millions over millennia. One of India’s great gifts to the world, it can be especially helpful during COVID-19.

M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President took to Twitter to share his message for the International Yoga Day. He performed yoga along with his wife Usha Naidu. He said,

“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.”- B.K.S. Iyengar. On the occasion of #InternationalDayOfYoga, let us resolve to brighten our lives physically, mentally and spiritually by practising #Yoga every day. #YogaDay

Also Read: International Yoga Day 2021: Here Is All You Need To Know

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare who performed yoga at Maharaja Agrasen Park in Delhi on the occasion of International Yoga Day said,

Yoga offers trinity of physical, mental & spiritual well-being! Embrace our traditional wealth of #YogaForWellness & celebrate #InternationalDayOfYoga to spread its light further across the globe!

Emphasizing on the theme of International Yoga Day 2021 ‘Yoga for Wellbeing’, Union Minister of Sports and Minister of State for Ayush, Kiren Rijiju said,

Yoga not only improves overall health and immunity but also contributes to a quicker recovery of patients from diseases. In the current scenario where large sections of the population are enduring stress and anxiety-related challenges due to COVID-19, Yoga offers effective solutions.

Mr Rijiju took to Twitter to share pictures of himself performing yoga and urged people to do the same.

Also Read: As World Fights COVID, Yoga Remains A Ray Of Hope: Says PM Modi On International Yoga Day 2021

Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare also extended his wishes for the occasion and performed yoga.

Also Read: Union Health Minister Releases COVID-19 Management Protocol Based On Ayurveda And Yoga

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises performed yoga in Nagpur.

Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi highlighted the important of yoga in ensuring good health and wellbeing. He said,

Along with medicine, meditation has also played an important role to ensure good health and well being of the people during Corona pandemic.

Focusing on the theme of this year’s International Yoga Day, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel said on Twitter,

May yoga lead us to consciousness, may yoga lead us to achieve our potential. May yoga lead us to health, happiness and fulfilment.

Manohar Lala Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana performed Yoga in Chandigarh to motivate others to follow a healthy lifestyle.

“On the occasion of International Day Of Yoga, practiced Yoga at my Delhi residence,” said Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change; Information and Broadcasting; Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. He added,

Morning shows the day, and Yoga morning brightens the day with positive energy. Make Yoga a part of daily routine.

Also Read: How Yoga Can Improve Your Mental Health Especially During Coronavirus Pandemic

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