To mark the occasion, Prime Minister Modi also launched “mYoga” application, developed by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of Ayush in partnership with the World Health Organization.
The seventh International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated all across the world through limited physical events today. The activities pertaining to IDY reached more than one lakh villages. Addressing the nation on this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised on the role of maintaining health and well-being, as the world is currently reeling under COVID-19 pandemic. He said Yoga has played and will contribute in adoption of more holistic view of well-being in the years to come.
Deliberating on the role of Yoga during the pandemic, he said Yoga has proved as a source of strength and it’s poised to play a significant role in the lives of people in this difficult period. He added that world over Yoga has helped people acquire strength to fight the pandemic with confidence. He recalled that frontline Corona warriors made themselves strong through Yoga and the nurses and doctors embraced Yoga to deal with the impact of the virus. He noted that the instances of Yoga sessions conducted by the doctors and nurses across hospitals appeared ubiquitously.
Modi said that in the last two years, the enthusiasm the world has for Yoga has not reduced despite no large event being organised. The Prime Minister also launched the “mYoga” application that has been developed by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of Ayush in partnership with the WHO. The application contains Yoga training and practice videos and audios to be used with the objective of promoting one world, one health.
The occasion was observed across more than one lakh villages through Arogya Foundation of India and Common Service Centres. Arogya Foundation of India has been training the volunteers with the help of Ekal Vidyalayas network spread across the country. The IDY programme reached more than eight thousand villages each in Jharkhand, MP and Himanchal Pradesh. West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, J&K, Assam and Bihar witnessed the activities across more than four thousand villages.
Congratulating everyone on the 7th International Day of Yoga, Minister of State for Ayush, Shri Kiren Rijiju highlighted the gains Yoga has made globally and said “Yoga is not just seen as a practice native to India, but India’s gift to the world, which has been accepted as their own by everyone.”
Further, a live demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol was performed by the experts of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga. The programme was also televised on all the channels of Doordarshan.
Apart from India in different countries, Various Indian missions have been highlighting IDY observances in the presence of eminent personalities. Some of these countries include Japan, Jamaica, Nepal, Guatemala, Vietnam, and Cambodia. It was celebrated at Times Square in New York city and at Indian Embassy in Washington. Similar events were organised at Riyadh, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the premises of Indian Embassy.