International Yoga Day: PM Modi Leads Yoga In India; UN Chief Urges Healthier Lifestyle Choices
For the International Yoga Day, India’s PM Narendra Modi led a crowd of 30,000 schoolchildren in a yoga session.Advertisement
On Tuesday, celebrations were huge with PM Modi joining many residents of the northern city of Chandigarh for a session of mass yoga.
PM Modi insisted people to make yoga a part of their lives moments before starting the session. He said that the practice of Yoga began in ancient India. It is a form of art that does not distinguish between the rich and poor and is available to all, he said.
“With zero budget, yoga provides health assurance and it does not discriminate between rich and poor,” Modi said while talking to participants at the event.
Yoga events had also taken place in cities, towns, and villages all over India, said ABC.
It was the United Nations that proclaimed June 21 as International Yoga Day last year.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, requested everyone to make healthier choices and choose healthier lifestyles. He also asked people to come in unity with other human beings, irrespective of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.
“Practicing yoga can also help raise awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbours,” he said.
According to Ban Ki-moon, Yoga can help attain elements that are important to build a “sustainable future of dignity and opportunity for all.”
United Nations observed the International Yoga Day this year to highlight the essential role of healthy living, says UN.org.
The UN believes that Yoga will play a huge role in attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was adopted last year by all UN Member States.
On Monday, huge number of people joined each other in New York’s Times Square to celebrate the summer solstice by participating in the practice of Yoga.