International Yoga Day Highlights: Yoga is India’s gift to world, says President
International Yoga Day is celebrated across the world on June 21 every year since 2015.
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People across the world celebrated International Yoga Day on June 21 from confines of their homes as restrictions continue due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In India, the celebrations kicked off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation where he emphasised on the importance of yoga in our lives and urged people to practice Pranayam, breathing exercises, to improve their respiratory system amid Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is a day of universal brotherhood,” said PM Modi in his address on the sixth International Yoga Day.
Following PM Modi's address, a team from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga demonstrated a 45-minute Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) which was live broadcast on the television as gatherings were cancelled to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines on social distancing.
To encourage people to celebrate the occasion at home, with their family members, 'Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family' theme was set for this year's Yoga Day.
Yoga is a set of physical exercises that calm the mind and benefit the body. It originated in ancient India.
Following International Yoga Day's inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, the day is celebrated every year since June 2015.
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Indian Embassy in China celebrates International Yoga Day
The Indian Embassy in China celebrated the 6th International Yoga Day while maintaining social distancing and other safety norms in view of coronavirus pandemic. (ANI)
Naqvi performs 'asanas' with people of different communities
Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi donned the role of a Yoga instructor as he performed various 'asanas' with people from different communities at his residence.
The Minority Affairs minister marked the day by performing Yoga with people from Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian communities.
Yoga can be solution for stress created by Covid-19: Vice-president
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said people should be physically and mentally healthy to put up a united fight against the novel coronavirus as humanity cannot allow the pandemic to get the better of it.
He also said that yoga can be an effective solution for the high level of stress that the pandemic has created in our lives, PTI reported.
Yoga practitioners have less chances of getting Covid19: AYUSH minister
Yoga practitioners have less chances of getting infected by coronavirus, Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik said on Sunday.
Naik also said the propagation of yoga across the country and the world during the Narendra Modi-led regime has helped in the fight against Covid-19, news agency PTI reported.
Yoga on the mountains of Uttarakhand
With a breathtaking view in the backdrop, ITBP personnel practice Yoga at 14000 ft in Vasudhara, near Badrinath, Uttarakhand.
'Yoga is a great gift of India to humanity'
"Yoga is a great gift of India to humanity, especially relevant today as it increases human's physical and mental wellbeing, resilience to diseases," says Russian ambassador to India.
Congratulations to all my Indian friends, compatriots and fellow diplomats on the occasion of #InternationalYogaDay— Nikolay Kudashev (@NKudashev) June 21, 2020
This is a great gift of #India to humanity, especially relevant today as it increases human's physical and mental wellbeing, resilience to diseases. pic.twitter.com/kcltBjNKRF
ITBP personnel twist and stretch with monks
In Leh, Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel twist and stretch with Buddhist monks at Thiksay monastery.
'Largest yoga class ever held'
In 2015, 35,985 people, including PM Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed various asanas in New Delhi, creating a record for largest yoga class ever held and with the largest number of participating nationalities.
Yoga should be part of our lifestyle in fight against Covid-19: Nepal PM
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli called on all to make Yoga an integral part of human lifestyle to stay physically and mentally fit in the fight against Covid-19.
"Yoga should be made a part of human life to lead the society through a healthy, happy and positive psychology," Nepal PM said in his message on the 6th International Yoga Day.
ITBP personnel perform yoga at 18,800 feet of altitude
In the backdrop of serene hills of north Sikkim, Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel perform yoga at an altitude of 18,800 feet.
Why it is celebrated on June 21 every year?
In 2014, during his address at the United Nations, PM Modi had suggested June 21 date for International Yoga Day as it is the longest day of the year in the mass northern hemisphere and it is culturally significant in many part of the world.
Political leaders celebrate International Yoga Day
From Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and BJP president JP Nadda, all roll out yoga mats and participates in International Yoga Day celebrations.
ITBP perosnnel performs yoga in sub-sero temperature
Beating all odds, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel celebrates International Yoga Day by doing asanas at an altitude of 18,000 feet, in sub-zero temperature in Ladakh, ANI reported.
Glimpse of Indian Army celebrating International Yoga Day
Indian Army's Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) Battalion performs yoga in Rangreth of Srinagar.
First published: Jun 21, 2020 05:47 IST