New Delhi: “Yoga unites. It unites body and mind, humanity and nature, and millions of people across the globe, for whom it is a source of strength, harmony, and peace,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the occasion of International Day of Yoga 2023. June 21 is celebrated as International Yoga Day annually. This year, the ninth yoga day is being celebrated with the theme of “Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.
Sharing the benefits of yoga, India’s gift to the world, “in a dangerous and divided world”, Mr Guterres said,
Yoga offers a haven of calm. It can reduce anxiety and promote mental well-being. It helps us to develop discipline and patience. It connects us to our planet, which so badly needs our protection. And it reveals our common humanity – helping us to understand that despite our differences, we are one.
In his video message played at UN Headquarters during International Yoga Day celebrations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called to,
Embrace the spirit of unity, and resolve to build a better, more harmonious world for people, planet and ourselves.
In a divided world, yoga unites millions of people across the globe, for whom it is a source of strength, harmony, and peace.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 21, 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshared Mr Guterres’ message on Twitter and wrote,
Fully agree with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the importance of Yoga. May Yoga Day bring us all closer and improve the health of our planet.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 21, 2023
It is important to note that it was PM Modi who first proposed the draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga. In his address, during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly in 2014, PM Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
This year, PM Modi will led the yoga day celebrations from the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, USA.
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