On the occasion of International Yoga Day 2021, PM Modi gave an address to the nation early in the morning. Further, images across the world showcase how various people are celebrating the yoga and soldiers at Ladakh performing yoga at 18,000 ft. altitude is winning the hearts of netizens.

Background

The international yoga day – as the name suggests is commemorated to celebrate the art and science of Yoga and practice yoga asanas (exercises) to spread awareness on the same. The idea of such a day was introduced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 27, 2014. In his speech at the UN General Assembly, PM Modi introduced the UN to his idea of having one day where all of us can unite and indulge into yoga. The idea was approved and Indian UN Ambassador Ashoke Kumar Mukherjee green lit June 21 as international day of yoga.


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Details

On the occasion of international yoga day, PM Modi addressed the nation and highlighted the importance of yoga during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. PM Modi claimed that amid the ongoing pandemic, yoga is a “ray of hope”. The Indian prime minister said that even though publicly yoga events are not organized due to pandemic, the enthusiasm for yoga has not deterred.


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PM Modi: “In the face of healthcare threats, yoga gives people a happier life”

PM Modi said how yoga will go on to be a preventive tool for healthcare of people and will continue to be play its promotive role as well. Underlining the importance of yoga, PM Modi said that in the face of healthcare threats to humanity, yoga gives people a happier way of life and an opportunity of holistic health.


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mYoga app announced by Prime Minister

Another major announcement in PM’s address came in the form of a new app called mYoga which is slated to have a worldwide release.

“In collaboration with WHO, India has taken another important step. We will be launching the mYoga app which will have yoga training videos in different languages for people across the world. This will help us achieve our ‘One World, One Health’ motto,”

-PM Modi was quoted by Indian Express.


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“Frontline workers use yoga as shield”: Modi’s address to nation

The conceiver of International Yoga Day, PM Modi also reiterated the importance of yoga as a ‘healing process’. He claimed that in his conversations with frontline healthcare workers, he was told how yoga was being used as a ‘shield’ for protection against the deadly COVID-19 virus that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the country.

“They’ve (frontline workers & doctors) used Yoga not just for safeguarding themselves, but also patients. Today even medical science lays emphasis on the healing process, besides medical treatment. Yoga helps in healing process,”

-PM Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi also took to Twitter and shared about the theme of this year’s International Yoga Day. On Twitter, PM Modi wrote – “The theme this year is ‘Yoga For Wellness’, which focusses on practicing Yoga for physical and mental well-being.”

International Yoga Day – A look at how the day is being celebrated

On the morning of International Yoga Day, no terrain was too difficult and no summits were too high for Indian soldiers who went on to perform yoga.

Border Security Force personnel performed yoga on the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel were captured performing yoga at sub-zero temperature at 18,000 ft.

Similarly, ITBP personnel performed yoga at 15,000 ft near a Border Out Post in Ladakh.

Employees at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC also celebrated the 7th International Yoga Day.

The Indian consulate partnered with Times Square Alliance, New York and hosted the International Yoga Day celebrations in which 3,000 people are attending a day-long event.