YOGA EVEN MORE REL­E­VANT TO­DAY: MODI

Says the an­cient In­dian prac­tice boosts im­mu­nity, brings peo­ple to­gether

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspond­ent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Yoga helps boost im­mu­nity and has emerged as a force for unity that en­hances the quest for a healthy planet, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said on Sun­day, un­der­scor­ing the im­por­tance of the an­cient In­dian prac­tice at a time when the world is fight­ing the coro­n­avirus dis­ease.

Pranayama, or breath­ing ex­er­cise, helps strengthen the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, which gets af­fected by Covid-19, Modi said in his 15-minute video ad­dress on the sixth In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day. “Yoga boosts im­mune sys­tem of the body. You must in­clude pranayama in your daily life... It is more rel­e­vant in the cur­rent times as it is the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem of the body that is most ad­versely af­fected by Covid-19,” he added.

Un­like pre­vi­ous years, there were no large gath­er­ings to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

NEW DELHI : Yoga helps boost im­mu­nity and has emerged as a force for unity that en­hances the quest for a healthy planet, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said on Sun­day, un­der­scor­ing the im­por­tance of the an­cient In­dian prac­tice at a time when the world is fight­ing the coro­n­avirus dis­ease.

Pranayama, or breath­ing ex­er­cise, helps strengthen the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, which gets af­fected by Covid-19, Modi said in his 15-minute video ad­dress on the sixth In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day.

“Yoga boosts im­mune sys­tem of the body. You must in­clude pranayama in your daily life... It is more rel­e­vant in the cur­rent times as it is the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem of the body that is most ad­versely af­fected by Covid-19,” Modi added.

Un­like pre­vi­ous years, there were no large gath­er­ings to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion due to re­stric­tions im­posed to fight the pan­demic, though sev­eral lead­ers and so­cial me­dia users posted pho­tos and videos per­form­ing yoga.

“This year’s theme is ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Fam­ily’. Yoga pro­motes fam­ily bond­ing as chil­dren, young­sters, elders in fam­ily come to­gether to prac­tise yoga; there is a flow of pos­i­tive en­ergy at home,” Modi said.

He added that yoga has emerged as a force for unity and does not dis­crim­i­nate, as it goes be­yond race, colour, gen­der, faith and na­tions.“Any­body can em­brace yoga. If we can fine-tune our chords of health and hope, the day is not far away when world will wit­ness the suc­cess of healthy and happy hu­man­ity,” he said.

On De­cem­ber 11, 2014, the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly de­clared June 21 as “In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga”, ap­prov­ing of an idea pro­posed by Modi.

Coun­tries across the world have been cel­e­brat­ing the In­ter­na­tion Yoga Day since 2015, but this year, cel­e­bra­tions went dig­i­tal, with the AYUSH min­istry can­celling a big event planned in Leh.

Modi said yoga pro­vides not only phys­i­cal strength, but also men­tal bal­ance and emo­tional sta­bil­ity. “Eat­ing the right food, play­ing the right sports, hav­ing right habits of sleep­ing and wak­ing, and do­ing your work and your du­ties is yoga,” Modi said. “With this ‘kar­mayoga’, we get the so­lu­tion to all the prob­lems.”

Home min­is­ter Amit Shah, too, greeted the na­tion on the oc­ca­sion. “Yoga is much more than just a way of keep­ing the body healthy. It is a medium to main­tain bal­ance be­tween body and mind, work and thoughts and also be­tween hu­man and na­ture,” he said. “Yoga is a unique gift of the In­dian cul­ture to en­tire hu­man­ity. The world has adopted yoga now; it re­ceived global ac­cep­tance due to the tire­less ef­forts of Prime Min­is­ter, Shri Naren­dra Modi,” he added.

PC Kapoor, di­rec­tor, Si­vananda Yoga Vedanta Cen­tre in Delhi, said: “I fully en­dorse what the PM has said — that breath­ing ex­er­cises in yoga help in­crease the lung ca­pac­ity sig­nif­i­cantly. Al­most all asanas (pos­tures) have their ben­e­fits in terms of boost­ing im­mu­nity and pre­vent­ing dis­eases...”.

AP DUBE/HT PHOTO

A group of young men per­forms yoga on the oc­ca­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day, at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Sun­day.

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