India celebrates International Yoga Day digitally amidst COVID-19 crisis

Despite the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, India celebrated the International Yoga Day that falls on June 21, with full enthusiasm and in a unique manner by going digital for the very first time. The theme of the International Yoga Day 2020 is ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’, that goes well along with the current crisis the world at large is facing.

On the occasion of the sixth edition of the International Yoga Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and underscored the importance of yoga, meditation and pranayama.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach (that) is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

The International Day of Yoga, is being celebrated annually since 2015 and has been officially recognized by the U.N. when the proposal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly earned the support from 175 member states.

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