PM Modi addresses 10th International Yoga Day celebrations in Srinagar, ET HealthWorld

PM Modi addresses 10th International Yoga Day celebrations in Srinagar, ET HealthWorld


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Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the 10th International Yoga Day (IYD) event in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister led the celebrations of International Yoga Day and participated in the yoga session.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude for being present on the occasion of International Yoga Day in Jammu and Kashmir, the land of yoga and sadhana. Modi said, “Today, one can feel the atmosphere, energy and experience generated by yoga in Jammu and Kashmir.” He wished International Yoga Day to all citizens and those who practice yoga in different parts of the world.

On the 10th anniversary of International Yoga Day, the Prime Minister recalled that India's proposal at the UN was supported by a record 177 countries. He also mentioned subsequent records made in the context of International Yoga Day, such as 35,000 people performing yoga at Kartavya Path in 2015 and over 130 countries participating in the yoga event led by the Prime Minister at the UN Headquarters last year. He also expressed happiness that over 100 institutions in India and 10 leading foreign institutions have been accredited by the Yoga Certification Board constituted by the Ministry of AYUSH.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the number of people practising yoga across the world is increasing, while its appeal is constantly growing. He highlighted that people are recognising the utility of yoga and said that there is hardly any world leader who has not discussed yoga during his interactions. “All world leaders show keen interest in yoga during their interactions with me,”
he said. He stressed that Yoga has become a part of daily life in every corner of the world. Highlighting the growing acceptance of Yoga across the world, the Prime Minister recalled inaugurating a Yoga Centre during his visit to Turkmenistan in 2015 and said that today Yoga has become extremely popular in that country. He further informed that state medical universities in Turkmenistan have incorporated Yoga Therapy, Saudi Arabia has made it a part of its education system and the Mongolian Yoga Foundation is running several Yoga schools. Giving information about the acceptance of Yoga in Europe, the Prime Minister said that so far 1.5 crore German citizens have become Yoga practitioners. He also recalled India conferring the Padma Shri this year on a 101-year-old French Yoga teacher for her contribution to Yoga even though she had not visited India even once. He further said that Yoga has today become a subject of research and several research papers have already been published on it.

Speaking on the changing perceptions about yoga due to the expansion of yoga in the last 10 years, the Prime Minister spoke about a new yoga economy. He mentioned the growing attraction towards yoga tourism and the desire of people to come to India to learn authentic yoga. He also mentioned yoga retreats, resorts, dedicated facilities for yoga in airports and hotels, yoga apparel and equipment, personal yoga trainers and companies doing yoga and mindfulness wellness initiatives. He said that all these are creating new employment opportunities for the youth.

Speaking about the theme of this year's International Yoga Day – 'Yoga for Self and Society', Prime Minister Modi said that the world is looking at Yoga as a powerful agent of global good, and it enables us to live in the present, free from the burden of the past. “Yoga makes us realise that our well-being is linked to the well-being of the world around us. When we are at peace within, we can also have a positive impact on the world,” Prime Minister Modi stressed.

Emphasising on the scientific aspects of Yoga, the Prime Minister highlighted its importance in dealing with information overload and maintaining focus as he said concentration is the greatest strength. The Prime Minister explained that this is why Yoga is being incorporated in fields ranging from the military to sports. Astronauts are also being trained in Yoga and meditation. Yoga is also being used in prisons to spread positive thoughts among inmates. “Yoga is creating new avenues for positive change in society,” said Prime Minister Modi.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the inspiration gained from Yoga will provide a positive energy to our efforts. The Prime Minister appreciated the enthusiasm of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially Srinagar, towards Yoga and said that it provides a platform to promote tourism in the Union Territory. He also praised the spirit of the people to come out and show their support despite rainy weather conditions. He said, “It is a great thing to have 50,000 to 60,000 people joining the Yoga event in Jammu and Kashmir.” The Prime Minister concluded his address by thanking the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their support and participation and extended his best wishes to all the Yoga enthusiasts across the world.

  • Published on June 21, 2024 at 01:22 PM IST

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