In the run-up to the 4th International Yoga Day, on 21st June, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of tweets and a video, expressing his happiness at the upsurge in the awareness of yoga, opined that Yoga is the ‘passport’ to health assurance and urged everyone to make yoga a part of their life.
The Prime Minister said, “Free from illness, and a path to wellness– that is the path of Yoga… It makes us a better individual in thought, action, knowledge, and devotion.”
He further remarked that Yoga brings us from ‘me to we’, he stressed that yoga brought about oneness in mind, body, and intellect. In a video post in his twitter handle the Prime Minister said that yoga was one of the most ‘precious gift’ given by ancient Indian sages to the humankind.
PM Modi also opined, “Yoga is not only what you practice in the morning. Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and a complete awareness is also a form of yoga.” Stressing on the importance of yoga in the modern-day lifestyle and the deceases it created the Prime Minister observed, “In a world of excesses, yoga promises restrain and balance… In a world suffering from mental stress, yoga promises calm… In a distracted world, yoga boosts concentration, helps focus… In a world of fear, yoga promises hope, strength, and courage.”
Remarking that yoga ensured peace of mind, the Indian Prime Minister said, “People who are at peace with himself are also at peace with others. He added, “Such people build a harmonious nation. Such nations build a harmonious world.”
Commenting on the growing interest for yoga the Prime Minister ascertained that with the increasing interest in yoga there will be a rise in the demand of yoga teachers and this necessitates the need to produce institutionally trained yoga practitioners.
Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to participate in a yoga camp to be held at the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun on 21st June.
A statement, in this context, from the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, said that the FRI campus will remain out of binding for civilians as various measures were been taken to clean the premises. The FRI campus is spread over an area of around 500 hectares.
With inputs from PTI