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International Yoga Day: PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation, promotes yoga to fight COVID-19

PM Modi in his message on sixth International Yoga Day stated that Yoga has emerged as a force of unity and it also deepens the bonds of humanity. It doesn't discriminate and goes beyond color, race, faith, gender, and nations.

Jun 21, 2020 12:54 IST
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PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of International Yoga Day which is on June 21, 2020. In his live telecast, he talked about the benefits of yoga and how it helps in fighting COVID-19. PM Modi also urged the citizens of India to make yoga a part of their daily life. 

It was the first time that Yoga day celebration was held virtually, ever since it was instituted in 2015. The theme of this year's Yoga day was 'Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family'. Prime Minister Modi was earlier scheduled to address the citizens of the country from Leh but plans were altered due to COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his address on this day from National capital Delhi. In 2019, PM Modi was a chief guest at a mega event which was organized on the occasion of International Yoga day in Ranchi. 

The message of PM Modi on International Yoga Day was also shared on his official Twitter account. 

PM Narendra Modi on International Yoga Day:

PM Modi in his message on sixth International Yoga Day stated that Yoga has emerged as a force of unity and also deepens the bonds of humanity.  It doesn't discriminate and goes beyond color, race, faith, gender, and nations. He talked about how in the time of an ongoing pandemic, the world has been feeling the need of yoga for more than ever. It is a day of 'oneness of humanness'. 

He further added that Yoga has been helping us in a fight against this pandemic. Pranayama helps us in building immunity and strengthens our respiratory system which is specifically attacked by the COVID-19 virus. PM Modi highlighted that this day gives a message of universal brotherhood. Yoga brings mental peace and helps in bringing positivity in difficult times. 

PM Narendra Modi in his address underlined the need for Yoga and how it is required more in this pandemic. He mentioned that strong immunity will be of great help in defeating this disease. The various asanas of Yoga increase immunity and strengthen our body and metabolism.  

He also mentioned that Yoga doesn't just give us physical strength but it also brings emotional stability and mental balance which helps in facing the challenges before us more confidently. 

About the International Yoga Day:

This day is celebrated every year on June 21. International Yoga Day was announced to be established in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, the day has been celebrated since 2015. The date June 21 was suggested by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address.

PM Modi picked this date, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. This day also shares a special significance in many parts of the world.

Yoga was originated in India and is known as mental, physical, and spiritual practice. The first International Yoga day had created a record for the largest yoga class as well as for the largest number of participating nationalities.

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