With the International Yoga Day around the corner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the theme of this year is ‘Yoga at home and Yoga with family’. He added that in the post-Covid era, focus on preventive healthcare will get stronger and that is why he is confident that yoga will become even popular.
PM Modi said that usually Yoga Day is marked by mass gatherings but this year it should be marked at home in view of the coronavirus pandemic (File photo: PTI)
In order to mark the upcoming sixth International Day of Yoga on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal to people to celebrate the day indoors this year in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are marking the sixth Yoga Day in extraordinary times. Usually, Yoga Day is all about public events and mass participation but this year Yoga Day goes indoors. The theme of this year’s Yoga Day is ‘Yoga at home and Yoga with family”, PM Modi said.
He added that yoga will become even more popular in the post-Covid era.
“Yoga gives you the opportunity to know your immune system better and put in the extra efforts where needed. Yoga has the potential to solve mental, physical and psychological challenges. In the post-Covid era, the focus on preventive health care will get stronger and that is why I am confident that Yoga will become even more popular”, he said.
He further elaborated on how yoga helps end distance.
“These are times of distancing but do you know yoga is what ends distance. It is said that yoga joins or brings things together. Yoga ends various kinds of distances — the distance between mind and body, which is the cause of many problems, the distance between the life that we have and life that we want to have, the distance between expectations and reality, which can become a source of stress,” he said.
He said that the regular practice of yoga can give emotional strength and empathy. “We begin to understand that others could be going through the same struggle as us so we become a shoulder of support to someone in need,” he added.
He also said that this time for Yoga Day, small is smart.
“The Covid-19 pandemic may have reduced our mobility but it should not affect our enthusiasm. People have been sharing innovative ways of doing yoga in times of pandemic. This time small is smart. Respecting the current situation, let us mark the sixth International Day of Yoga from our homes with our family and let us follow all norms of social distancing,” PM Modi signed off.