Yoga is a ray of hope and source of strength in the fight against Covid, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as tens of thousands of people across the globe touched their toes, stretched towards the skies and breathed in and out mindfully to mark the seventh International Day of Yoga.
From mountains to beaches and town squares to neighbourhood parks, and in homes in distant corners of the world and country, people spread out their mats to perform asanas' and pranayama' breathing exercises, some as part of their daily fitness routine and others to take part in the celebration of the ancient Indian wellness discipline.
Linking the practice of yoga to the battle against the pandemic, Modi announced the 'MYoga' application in collaboration with the World Health Organization. The application will have many videos of yoga training based on 'common yoga protocol' available in different languages.
Here are the latest updates:
Assam observed the International Yoga Day on Monday with Governor Jagadish Mukhi and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma participating in separate programmes amid tight COVID protocols. The governor and his wife participated in a yoga session at the Raj Bhavan which was streamed live through social media platforms to ensure minimum gathering at the premises but also enabling more people to join and benefit from it.
India Inc on Monday stressed on the need to have a balanced life and encouraged the practice of yoga in order to maintain physical and mental wellbeing, especially during the ongoing pandemic. Celebrating the International Yoga Day, Biocon Chairperson Kiran MazumdarShaw tweeted a picture of herself performing yoga with a caption, "Yoga is all about creating a balance in your life. It is about balancing your senses, balancing your body, soul and mind in order to live a healthy life." In her tweet she said, "
The Delhi Police on Monday organised special yoga sessions for its personnel deployed across various units on the occasion of seventh International Yoga Day. Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava posted pictures of him and his wife performing different 'asanas'.
The Indian Embassy here organised a special programme on Monday to observe the 7th International Day of Yoga. The programme was organised virtually as part of its ongoing celebration of India@75 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other state leaders rolled out their mats and performed various asanas to mark the International Yoga Day on Monday. On the occasion, a mega vaccination drive against COVID19 was also launched with the target of inoculating 10 lakh people at 7,000 inoculation centres set up across the state. Chouhan performed yoga asanas at the BJP headquarters in the state capital Bhopal.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday described yoga as an invaluable gift which keeps both the body and mind healthy, and asked people to make it a part of their lives. Extending greetings on International Yoga Day, the chief minister said due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations has given international recognition to this ancient discipline of India and since then it is being celebrated all over the world. On this day, let us all take a pledge to make yoga a part of our lives, he said.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat performed various 'asanas' on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Monday and appealed to people to make yoga part of their daily routine for mental and physical health. He said Uttarakhand has a distinct identity in the world because of its close association with yoga which gives both physical and mental strength.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and leaders from various political parties emphasised on the importance of yoga for good physical and mental health and some of them performed asanas to mark the International Yoga Day on Monday. At the Raj Bhavan, Koshyari along with officers and other staff participated in a yoga session conducted under the guidance of Hansa Jayadeva, director of The Yoga Institute, a centuryold training facility.
Yoga is India's invaluable gift to the world and it has helped several people deal with the COVID19 crisis, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said while greeting people on the occasion of the International Yoga Day on Monday. The CM participated in a programme at the Aguada Fort in North Goa district in the morning and performed yoga exercises along with others as part of the event.
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to people to make yoga a part of their daily life. Extending greetings on the International Yoga Day, Baijal said yoga has more significance amid COVID19 times and it can boost immunity and mental health.
Over 3,000 people spread their mats at the iconic Times Square here and performed Yoga asanas keeping in mind social distancing guidelines to celebrate International Yoga Day as the city opens up following the COVID19 pandemic. The Consulate General of India, New York in partnership with Times Square Alliance hosted the 7th International Day of Yoga celebrations on Sunday at the popular city destination, known as the crossroads of the world. The daylong celebration-themed as Solstice Event was attended by more than 3000 people.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday appealed to the people to make yoga a part of their daily lives. Extending greetings on the International Day of Yoga, he said yoga not only helps us physically and mentally but also improves the health of society. It is good both for the people and the country, he said according to an official statement.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday greeted citizens on the International Yoga Day and said it can be extremely helpful during Covid. He said yoga is one of India's greatest gifts to the world.
Yoga has the potential to provide both health and happiness by improving the physical and mental wellbeing of the people, especially given the impact of the global pandemic, India's top diplomat in the US has said, kicking off the 7th International Yoga Day celebrations in the country. India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, on Sunday participated in the yoga protocol session at the Indian House here which was attended by embassy officials in person, while a large number of people across the US joined the event virtually through Zoom and the embassy's social media handles.
A mega antiCovid vaccination drive will be conducted in Haryana on the International Yoga Day on Monday, the state's Health Minister Anil Vij has said. A target has been set to vaccinate 2.5 lakh people during this inoculation drive, Vij told reporters in Ambala on Sunday.
First Published: IST