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International Yoga Day 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Yoga means of establishing harmony between body and mind, says Amit Shah

International Yoga Day 2020 India HIGHLIGHTS: The proposal to start Yoga Day was introduced by PM Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly in 2014.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2020 3:00:20 pm
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International Yoga Day 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Addressing the nation on Yoga Day 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the world has now resorted to virtual yoga due to COVID-19. “All of us are doing yoga at home with the family. Yoga unifies people, unifies the world. Yoga is helping us in this fight against this pandemic. The pranayamas help us in building immunity and resolving respiratory illnesses.” Follow HIGHLIGHTS  in Malayalam

Every year, June 21 is recognised as International Yoga Day. However, this year, due to social distancing measures adopted by most countries, the theme set by the United Nations is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”. The World Health Organization (WHO) mentions yoga as a means to improve health in its Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030: More active people for a healthier world.

The proposal to observe Yoga Day was introduced by PM Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th Session of the General Assembly back in 2014. “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature,” he had said.

The first Yoga Day celebration was held at Rajpath in New Delhi, where PM Modi and other dignitaries performed around 21 yoga asanas and created two Guinness World Records. The first record was for being the world’s largest yoga class with 35,985 people and the second one was for having the maximum number of participating nationalities, which is 84.

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13:30 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal performs yoga

BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal performed yoga today the occasion of International Yoga Day. 

13:04 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Delhi CM performs yoga at official residence, BJP leaders practice asanas in groups

The national capital on Sunday celebrated the International Day of Yoga under the shadow of COVID-19, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal practicing 'asanas' at his residence, while several other city leaders performed yoga in small groups. The celebrations were muted this year in the city due to the coronavirus scare as compared to previous years when people in large numbers gathered at prominent places including India Gate lawns to participate in mass yoga sessions.

The Delhi chief minister practised yoga at his official residence in the morning. In a tweet, Lt Governor Anil Baijal congratulated people on the International Day of Yoga and suggested people perform asanas at home maintaining social distancing in view of COVID-19. Delhi BJP leaders including its president Adesh Gupta performed yoga in various parts of the city and uploaded pictures on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. (PTI)

12:51 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Yoga practitioners have less chances of getting COVID-19: Shripad Naik

Yoga practitioners have less chances of getting infected by coronavirus, Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik said on Sunday. Talking to PTI on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, Naik also said the propagation of yoga across the country and the world during the Narendra Modi-led regime has helped in the fight against COVID-19.

"I am sure that propagation of yoga across the country and the world during the Modi-led government's tenure has helped in a big way to fight back COVID-19. Those who are practicing yoga have less chances of getting infected with COVID-19, the minister claimed. The BJP leader, who performed yoga at his home at Ribandar village near Panaji in North Goa district, said yoga boosts immunity and strengthens the respiratory system, which helps build resistance against diseases like COVID-19. (PTI)

12:43 (IST)21 Jun 2020
5 simple yoga asanas you can do with a partner or family member

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating “yoga at home” and “yoga with family” as the theme for International Yoga Day 2020 to maintain social distance in the times of coronavirus pandemic, it is a good opportunity to take a step towards being fitter by performing yoga asanas with your partner or family members. Working out with a partner is known to have many benefits, from strengthening bond to helping each other stay healthy. Here are some simple yoga asanas to do with a partner:

Sukhasana

This is an easy cross-legged sitting pose that strengthens the muscles of the back and improves body posture while reducing stress, according to finessyoga.com.

Navasana

Navasana or boat pose is a seated yoga asana that strengthens abdominal and core muscles. It also works the deep hip flexors, according to verywellfit.com.

Adho Mukha-Urdhva Mukha Sukhasana
These are backbend poses that stretch the spine while energising and rejuvenating the body, according to artofliving.org. The asanas are combined and slightly modified in case of partner yoga.

Baddha Konasana

Also known as the Throne pose or Butterfly pose, this seated yoga asana stimulates the ovaries, abdominal muscles, prostate gland, bladder and kidneys, according to yogajournal.com. It stretches the inner thigh, groin and knees while improving general circulation.

Vriksasana

This is commonly known as the tree pose. It is a standing balance pose that strengthens the legs and core while stretching inner thighs and groin muscles. It also enhances concentration and peace of mind.

11:38 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Why naturopathy and yoga are relevant in the times of Covid-19

As the world adapts itself to the concept of a ‘new normal’, one of the learnings of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the importance of a good immune system and overall health. Globally, the attempt is to explore practices that would boost body’s immunity and encourage an overall healthier lifestyle. This has resulted in an amplified interest in alternative therapies such as yoga and naturopathy. In India, news websites and television programmes have been dedicating prime space and time to such topics. Even the central government has taken proactive measures in COVID-19 pandemic mitigation, prevention and management through Indian systems of medicine.

Interestingly, though, while these Indian systems are rooted in natural cures, ‘naturopathy’ as a discipline in alternative medicine is an import from Germany via the US in the late nineteenth century. However, it was understandably not considered alien by Indians as they could relate with the concepts of the ‘Five Great Elements’ to the Pancha-mahabhutas (mud/earth, water, sunlight, air and ether) of Ayurveda and the principles of ‘fasting and vegetarianism’, which were the founding pillars of European naturopathy. It was readily adopted as practices of fasting (‘lankhanam paramaushadham‘, that is, fasting as a panacea for all diseases), exercise, fresh air and other similar principles were already a part of Indian culture. Dr K Satya Lakshmi writes

10:35 (IST)21 Jun 2020
MP residents perform yoga at home amid COVID-19 pandemic

A number of Madhya Pradesh residents rolled out yoga mats at their homes on Sunday morning and performed exercises on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, which is being observed this year in the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also performed 'pranayam' and other exercises at his home, an aide said. In his message, Chouhan urged people to stay indoors and practice yoga for a healthy body and mind.

"Yoga is like a 'ram-baan aushadhi'. Everyone must remain healthy, happy and perform yoga by staying at home, the chief minister said. He said yoga is all the more important nowadays as it strengthens the body, which is required in these turbulent times. At a few places in Bhopal, morning-walkers wearing masks were seen doing yoga on road sidewalks while maintaining physical distance.

Prakash Bachani, a 62-year-old yoga enthusiast from Bhopal's Chunabhattiarea, said he does exercises daily to stay fit and healthy. "I performed different yoga asanas for over 40minutes today," he said. (PTI)

10:11 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala performs Yoga at his official residence

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala performed Yoga and observed the International Yoga Day at his official residence in Karnataka's Raj Bhavan on Sunday.

09:51 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Yoga is unifying force true to its meaning, says Indian Ambassador

Yoga is a unifying force, true to its literal meaning, India's top envoy to the US said Saturday, kicking off the celebration of the 6th International Day of Yoga here. "Yoga is a unifying force, true to its literal meaning. People all around the world, transcending nationalities and cultures, have recognized the immense benefits of Yoga. They have made it a part of their everyday lives," India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.

In his remarks at India House, during the virtual celebration of the 6th International Day of Yoga, Sandhu said the world is passing through one of the biggest health and economic crises of the modern times. "This has affected our daily lives. The world needs yoga and meditation practices more than ever. Yoga has given us an opportunity to bring together people separated across geographies," Sandhu said.

Organized in partnership with Friends of Yoga and several organizations supporting Yoga in the US, the virtual yoga session was led by Teacher of Indian Culture at the Embassy Moxraj. Several Hollywood stars attended the yoga day celebrations virtually. In the runup to the IDY celebrations, the embassy had conducted a series of virtual curtain raisers with various organizations. (PTI)

09:25 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Meet two Indian tech startups changing the way we practise Yoga

Today, as millions of people across the world mark International Yoga Day, celebrating an ancient practice for living that integrates physical and spiritual disciplines, the fact remains that the discipline has become more accessible than ever before. Yoga, which is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’, consists of asanas (poses), breathing exercises and meditation that relaxes the body, relieves stress and anxiety, and promotes wellbeing. Seen as India’s biggest cultural export, Yoga is now practiced all over the world. Indianexpress.com spoke to two tech startups that are not only simplifying Yoga but also making the ancient Indian discipline accessible to a larger global audience.

Wellnesys (YogiFi)

Bengaluru-based company Wellnesys is behind YogiFi, a smart yoga mat that uses AI and a mobile app (Apple watch support also included) to connect users with a virtual instructor and give them feedback on their movements. This ‘smart’ Yoga mat consists of pressure sensors that provide step-by-step guidance and real-time feedback on your posture, strength, flexibility, and balance after each session. Muralidhar Somisetty, founder and CEO of Wellnesys, says he thought of creating YogiFi after suffering from a severe spinal injury, which he managed to reverse after he started practicing yoga.

Parjanya Creative (Prayoga app)

Founded by Krishnaprasad Jagadish, co-founder of Parjanya Creative, the Prayoga app uses Apple’s ARKit body tracking technology and machine learning to correctly understand how users perform a pose. Prayoga, which is an iOS exclusive app, highlights yoga pose correction and gives users feedback in real-time. “The essence of yoga is not about actually performing asanas, but it is about the final holding position,” Jagadish said over a call. “So, when you get into the final position the way you hold the position is what defines your expertise level in yoga and we thought that would be perfect for us because if you can do body tracking we can exactly tell you what parts of your body needs to be corrected.” Read more here

09:19 (IST)21 Jun 2020
JP Nadda performs yoga with family

BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda performs yoga along with his family at his residence on International Yoga Day on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

09:16 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Amid COVID, Yoga can help keep body fit and mine serene: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said practicing yoga can help keep the body fit and mind serene amid the coronavirus pandemic. Extending greetings on the International Day of Yoga, he said the ancient science of yoga is India's great gift to the world.

"Greetings on #InternationalYogaDay. The ancient science of Yoga is India’s great gift to the world. Glad to see more and more people adopting it. Amid stress and strife, especially with #Covid19, practicing Yoga can help keep the body fit and mind serene," he tweeted.

President Kovind practices yoga daily, a Rashtrapati Bhavan official said.

08:57 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Pranayama builds immunity, helps in COVID fight, says PM Modi on Yoga Day

Addressing the nation on Yoga Day 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the benefits of yoga and how this is helping the world in the fight against coronavirus pandemic. “Yoga is helping us in this fight against this pandemic. The pranayamas help us in building immunity and resolving respiratory illnesses.”

Highlighting the importance of exercises, PM Modi requested citizens to make yoga a part of their regular life. “All of us are doing yoga at home with the family. International Day of Yoga gives a message of universal brotherhood. Yoga gives mental peace, helps in bringing positivity. If we can fine-tune our chords of health and hope, the day is not far away when world will witness the success of healthy and happy humanity. Yoga can definitely help us make this happen.” Read more here

08:36 (IST)21 Jun 2020
ITBP personnel perform Yoga at 18,800 feet

ITBP personnel perform Yoga at 18,800 feet in Sikkim Himalayas on the occasion of International Yoga Day, on Sunday, June 21, 2020. (Source: Twitter/ITBP)

08:34 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Here's Vice President Venkaiah Naidu's message on Yoga Day

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu shared a special message with the people on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Sunday. "The tremendous response to the International Day of Yoga is a matter of delight. We are happy that we have been able to unite the world for such a positive cause. Yoga, which means ‘to join’ or ‘unite’, basically seeks to bring about a harmonious union of the mind and body. It is a science that emphasizes balance, poise, grace, equanimity, peace and harmony," he tweeted.

08:30 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Uttarakhand CM performs Yoga

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat shared a video of himself of social media platform Twitter, performing Yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Sunday.

08:25 (IST)21 Jun 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind performs Yoga

President Ram Nath Kovind shared pictures of himself performing Yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Sunday. "Greetings on #InternationalYogaDay. The ancient science of Yoga is India’s great gift to the world. Glad to see more and more people adopting it. Amid stress and strife, especially with #Covid19, practicing Yoga can help keep the body fit and mind serene," he tweeted.

08:23 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel performs yoga at his residence in Raipur

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel performed and celebrated International Yoga Day at his residence in Raipur on Sunday.

07:50 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Yoga means of establishing harmony between body and mind, says Amit Shah

On the occasion of International Yoga Day, Home Minister Amit Shah said, "Yoga is a means of establishing harmony between body and mind, action and thought and between man and nature. This precious gift of Indian culture to the entire humanity has been given global acceptance by Modi ji through his efforts, which today the whole world has adopted Yoga. Happy yoga day".

07:39 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Dharmendra Pradhan performs Yoga at home with family

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan performed and celebrated International Yoga Day at his residence with his family on Sunday. 

07:32 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Indo-Tibetan Border Police perform Yoga at 14000 feet near Badrinath

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, deployed at India-China border, perform Yoga at an altitude of 14,000 feet at Vasudhara glacier near Badrinath on occasion of International Yoga Day. (Picture source: ANI)

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said Yoga goes “beyond the distinction of age, colour, caste, creed, creed, cult, rich-poor, province, frontier” and belongs to everyone. He led a Yoga session in Jharkhand’s Ranchi, which was attended by approximately 30,000 people.

His Cabinet ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh were seen participating at Rohtak and New Delhi, respectively. In Delhi, a host of events have been planned to mark the day on June 21. At a park opposite the BJP headquarters in the national capital, working president JP Nadda performed yoga along with other party leaders. Besides, newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla participated in an event held on the premises of the Parliament House complex.

The Delhi BJP hosted around 300 yoga sessions across the national capital, in which about 10 lakh people participated, party chief Manoj Tiwari had told news agency PTI. "Senior BJP leaders and Union ministers will take part in 40 big events on International Yoga Day," he added.

Tiwari performed yoga, along with BJP national general secretary Arun Singh and Union minister Purushottam Rupala, at Ghonda in his constituency.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) hosted an event at Qudsia Bagh, near Kashmiri Gate, ISBT, while the south corporation held an event at Talkatora Stadium.

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