Narendra Modi asks world leaders to adopt International Yoga Day

Yoga is the 5,000-year-old Indian physical, mental and spiritual practice that aim to transform body and mind.

By: Press Trust of India | United Nations | Published:September 27, 2014 9:50 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Saturday. (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the world leaders to adopt an International Yoga Day, saying that by changing lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.

“Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day,” Modi said in his maiden address to the 193-member UN General Assembly in United Nations.

Noting that Yoga is “an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition”, he said: “It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

Yoga is the 5,000-year-old Indian physical, mental and spiritual practice that aim to transform body and mind.

“Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being,” he said.

“By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change,” he added.

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    Batanee Batanee
    Sep 28, 2014 at 6:11 am
    Modi is A Great LEADER....!!!past PMs except very few are just Prime Ministers??Diff : Leader leads his country men into the path of development & prosperityPM: just PM
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    Subhash Bennur
    Sep 28, 2014 at 1:42 am
    Sickular congress and its sickular leaders............ Did u all hear what Modi said. Do you think his statement reg yoga is secular or non secular. None of your leaders spoke any where in the Internationall bodies about YOGA! Learn...do some introspection u sickular s.
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    classyoga
    Oct 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm
    Either Modi is unclear about Yoga or he is advocating for the world to practice Hindu Dharma! Imagine if a Christian got up and encouraged the w world to pray to Jesus! See the point? Why did he not use the word "Hindu" but rather "Indian" and "ancient tradition?" Hindus, like Modi, are obviously completely misinformed about the Hindu/Yogic Dharma. The Sanskrit/Hindu word "yoga" means "to yoke to one's Atmana and Brahman." The various Hindu/Yogas (and the prefix is important for clarification) are the means by which Hindus achieve this Soul/Self-Realization: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga, for example. Swami Paramwww.clicalyoga
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    sd
    Sep 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm
    And ... Leader is someone who has no idea of what climate change even means :P :P
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    cany
    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:40 am
    do u know anything about yoga or climate change to make a comment.
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    Cybil Penning
    Oct 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm
    He is a born hater, how can he.....?
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    Sneha Sheela
    Sep 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm
    Only Men with Mettle and Gravity inside make such Nobel n Smart N healty suggestions....MODI should declare a YogaDay in India....BTW i'm not at all practicing YOGA...all I know is I Should....
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