Addressing the nation on Sunday 21 June 2020 PM Narendra Modi said this is the day of unity as yoga binds everyone together. “It is a day of universal brotherhood.”
“The theme of International Day of Yoga this year is ‘Yoga at home, Yoga with family’. Today, we will stay away from all social gatherings and do yoga with our family. When family members come together in practicing yoga, it spreads energy in the entire house,” said PM Modi.
“The world is taking the need to practice yoga more seriously in the wake of Covid-19. Yoga has many asanas (poses) to boost our immunity. These asanas strengthen our muscles and metabolism. Coronavirus attacks our respiratory system, and pranayama (breathing exercise) is the best exercise to keep ourselves safe,” the Prime Minister said, urging people to include pranayama in their daily routine.
“Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet. It does not discriminate, goes beyond color, race, faith, and nations. Anyone can embrace yoga – all you need is some time and space,” PM Modi said.
He ended the address with Sanskrit verse: Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu (may all beings be happy and free).
For the first time since June 21, 2015, Yoga Day is being celebrated digitally. This year’s theme is ‘Yoga at home and Yoga with family.’
On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly had declared June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, months after PM Modi had proposed the idea.
PM Modi had urged people, in a video message on Thursday, to observe the day from the confines of their homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yoga celebration at Mysuru Palace –
Due to the Pandemic outbreak, PM Narendra Modi could not attend the Yoga performance at Mysuru.
Still, the program was conducted at the palace premises under the aegis of the Yoga Federation of Mysuru with the representative from the local AYUSH department.
The program was live-streamed on Social media to encourage the public to perform yoga, where 24 Asanas were performed apart from Pranayama and Dhyana.
“Instead of the single venue outdoor mass yoga session, they can celebrate performing yoga at a time staying in their homes. We hope the people cooperate and support the initiative in the light of pandemic,” he said, in a video message.
At least one lakh people are expected to perform yoga from their homes to celebrate the occasion, he said.
Pratap Simha, Mysuru MP, in a video message, said people could do ‘asanas’ of their choice staying indoors. “We wanted to break the record held by yoga guru Baba Ramdev on the yoga day show this year in Mysuru by attracting a gargantuan crowd. But the pandemic stopped us from making it happen,” he recalled.
“We had sought permission from the Deputy Commissioner tp perform in front of the palace and live to stream the event on social media to popularise yoga. So, in terms of reach, if surpassed our earlier efforts’, said Ganesh Kumar, one of the yoga instructors conducting the event.
Those performing yoga on June 21 in their homes will get a certificate acknowledging their participation.