International Yoga Day 2017: World connected with us because of yoga, says PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi said that there was once a time when yoga was practised only by sages and monks, but it has now become a part of daily life.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: June 22, 2017 4:55 am
Narendra Modi, International Yoga Day, Modi in Lucknow, Yogi Adityanath On International Yoga Day, Modi performed yoga with 100 students for about 20 minutes in Lucknow. (Express Photo/Vishal Srivastav)

As the world observed International Yoga Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led from the front, addressing a 50,000-strong gathering at Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar grounds before performing yoga with 100 students for about 20 minutes.

The Prime Minister said yoga can provide health benefits free of cost, and added that several countries that were unaware of India’s culture are now connected to it because of yoga.

“One does not need to perform yoga for 24 hours. Only 50 or 60 minutes… yoga has the power to give health assurance at zero cost,” he said amid incessant rain, adding that when people perform yoga for the first time, they feel that several organs that were lying asleep start waking up.

Modi said that there was once a time when yoga was practised only by sages and monks, but it has now become a part of daily life. “Today, there is no question mark over yoga in any part of the world. Changes occurred with time; different societies in the world made additions to yoga and led to its improvement as per place, time, situation and age,” he said. “There are many countries which do not know our language, traditions or culture, but the entire world is getting connected with us because of yoga.”

Recalling how the United Nations gave its nod for International Day of Yoga, Modi said there might not be a single country where yoga-related programmes are not held. “Today, in many states of the country, yoga has been adopted as part of their education so that future generations get apprised of this science of ours to help it become a part of their lives,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that in the last three years, new yoga institutes have come up and many youths have started taking up yoga as a profession. He added that there was a demand for yoga instructors, especially from India, around the world.

Lauding the people of Lucknow for attending the event despite incessant rain, the Prime Minister said in a lighter vein that they had shown how yoga mats could be used during rainfall — many people had covered themselves with the mats arranged by the state government during the downpour.

After concluding his speech, Modi walked to an enclosure and performed yoga with nearly 100 students. Besides the Prime Minister, Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and Minister of State for Ayush (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik performed yoga at the venue.

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  1. Fekuchand fenydas
    Jun 22, 2017 at 11:56 am
    The world is connected to India because of Yoga ! Rubbish. Feku put india on the world map. Feku said that after he became PM. Before Feku, nobody knew Indi? Oh, Swami Vivekanand did nothing? Jawahar Lal Nehru Lal Bahadur Shastri did nothing. Only Feku did everything. Leaving aside all these, Indian spices introduced India to the world. Since the last a few decades, Bollywood, Indian Music,Indian food, Indian Labour Engineers doctors businessmen have stamped India on the world Map, Not Feku at all
    1. C
      Jun 22, 2017 at 7:32 am
      "International Yoga Day 2017: World connected with us because of yoga, says PM Narendra Modi"........Naturally, since there is nothing other than Yogasanas that can connect us to the rest of the world. We have achieved nothing other than to exhibit mass hysteria with bodily contortions (yogasanas), some of which are overtly obnoxious that are best done in private. All of this has nothing to do with "Yoga", since Yoga is the preoccupation with the metaphysical and not the physical.
      1. R
        Jun 22, 2017 at 6:02 am
        We the Indians are proud that we are able to teach the world a few things. By now all should know how rich our culture is. Yoga is the centre piece, which make us the most honest country in the world. By doing yoga our police, judiciary, public babus work hard and serve the people honestly. We the Hindus do not bribe and accept bribe. India is the most easiest place to do business, carry out public service. Our citizens are the most happiest when it comes to dealing with government departments, as the yoga doing government and country always do our best to be honest and truthful.Om
        1. A
          Jun 22, 2017 at 7:05 am
          Hard to disagree with you Raj. You have nailed it.