Ahead of the second International Yoga Day to be observed Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had not anticipated the “enormous enthusiasm” for the occasion shown by countries across the world.
In a video posted on his Twitter account, the PM Sunday thanked all nations supporting the event. Stating that yoga was so much more than physical exercise, Modi said that when he had outlined his International Yoga Day vision in September 2014 at the United Nations General Assembly, he had not anticipated the enormous enthusiasm from all corners of the world.
“This unique occasion brings all of us together to celebrate the invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. Your support and participation last year and once again now, redeems our commitment to nurture and promote this ancient discipline and reaffirm yoga as the manifestation of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — the world as one family,” he said.
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“I recall the iconic images from that momentous day last year. All the way from the Pacific Islands to Port of Spain, from Vladivostok to Vancouver and from Copenhagen to Cape Town, thousands gathered to unite the bodies and minds through the practice of yoga,” the PM said.
“Yoga is much more than physical exercise,” Modi said, adding that “it enables us to access a new dimension of the self, even while providing a holistic approach to preventive healthcare and well-being…Yoga helps us to restore our balance and furnishes us with a much-needed sense of clarity. And through its unifying power, we seek completeness, and at the same time, a oneness with the world.”
On June 21, nearly 10,000 people will participate in the International Yoga Day celebrations in New Delhi in collaboration with the Ministry of AYUSH and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). Various programmes hosted by the government across the country will be led by as many as 57 Union Ministers Tuesday, with the Prime Minister participating in a grand event at Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex.