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Yoga Day 2021 LIVE Updates: PM Modi launches mYoga app, says will help fulfill motto of ‘One World, One Health’

International Yoga Day 2021 Live News Updates: The Ministry of Culture is also slated to celebrate International Day of Yoga at 75 cultural heritage locations across the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 21, 2021 7:59:57 pm
People perform Yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day in front of the Red Fort in New Delhi on Monday. (Express Photo: Abhinav Saha)

International Yoga Day 2021 Live News Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing an event marking the seventh International Yoga Day on Monday morning, said, “Today, when the whole world is combating the coronavirus disease pandemic, yoga remains a ray of hope.”

The Prime Minister also launched a mYoga app that will be available worldwide. “In collaboration with WHO, India has taken another important step. We will be launching the mYoga app which will have yoga training videos in different languages for people across the world. This will help us achieve our ‘One World, One Health’ motto,” he added.

This year, the theme is ‘Yoga For Wellness’. Elaborating on it, PM Modi wrote on Twitter: “The theme this year is ‘Yoga For Wellness’, which focuses on practising Yoga for physical and mental wellbeing.”

The Ministry of Culture is also slated to celebrate the International Day of Yoga at 75 cultural heritage locations across the country. Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, performed yoga at Delhi’s Red Fort on June 21, at 7 am, while other senior officials conducted yoga camps at various monuments and forts, including the Agra Fort, Shanti Stupa in Ladakh, Ellora Caves in Maharashtra and Nalanda in Bihar. Considering the pandemic, the number of participants for the sessions has been restricted to 20 at each site.

The idea of International Yoga Day was conceived by PM Modi, who proposed the concept on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly. The resolution to adopt June 21 as International Yoga Day was introduced in the UN by India’s Ambassador, Ashoke Kumar Mukerji. The resolution had received support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UN Resolution. Currently, countries ranging from Canada to the USA participate in this event.

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19:59 (IST)21 Jun 2021
How the world marked International Yoga Day 2021

While several socially distanced events were held across the world to mark the 7th International Yoga Day, political leaders also stated that the relevance of Yoga has increased during Covid-19. Read the full report here.

18:59 (IST)21 Jun 2021
‘Sofasana’: Shashi Tharoor charms netizens with his favourite yoga pose

On the seventh edition of International Yoga day, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on June 21 revealed on Twitter what his favourite asana is and his answer had netizens in splits.

18:23 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Suryadatta Group of Institutes observes Yoga Day

Suryadatta Group of Institutes’ Suryadatta Fitness and Sports Academy organised Suryadatta Kala Arogyam Yogathon-2021 on International Yoga Day on Monday. 

Held on the Bavdhan campus of Suryadatta Group of Institutes, the event saw participation of over 100 people. Founder President of Suryadatta Group of Institutes Prof Sanjay Chordia, Vice-President and Secretary Sushma Chordiya among others attended the event. 

Chordia said, “Yoga develops mental and emotional orbits along with physical development. Yoga is a source of art, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and positive thinking.”

17:46 (IST)21 Jun 2021
People practice aqua yoga in Bindusagar lake of Bhubaneswar 
17:11 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Introduced Yoga in Chennai schools curriculum long ago: Tamil Nadu Health Minister

Tamil Nadu Minister for Health and Family Welfare M Subramanian said the DMK had introduced Yoga as a curriculum in the Chennai Corporation schools and for pregnant women long ago. 'Today, we are observing the 7th International Day of Yoga. But, about 13 years ago, I introduced yoga in the Chennai Corporation schools during my tenure as the city Mayor,' he said in his message.

Meanwhile, several institutes, including the Madras Regimental Centre, in the state held Yoga training sessions, adhereing to Covid norms, to mark the day. (PTI)

17:00 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Women of Hindu and Muslim community in Mumbai perform Yoga

16:58 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Over 1,500 inmates perform Yoga inside 3 Delhi prison complexes

Over 1,500 inmates across three jail complexes in the national capital performed yoga on Monday morning. A senior jail official said prisoners from Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli gathered in the common area, maintaining social distancing norms. 

Director General (Prison) said, 'We organized a magic show and a tug-of-war competition along with the yoga session in jail number 5 where the inmates between 18 to 21 years are lodged, while maintaining proper social distancing.' (PTI)

15:43 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Yoga eliminates all diseases; should be popularised even more: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said yoga should be popularised and practised even more as it eliminates all diseases and discomforts from lives of people.

He also pointed out that PM Modi has made yoga a global practice and initiated a special global day to make people aware of benefits and significance of yoga. (PTI)

15:13 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Virtual yoga marathon organised in Chhattisgarh

To mark the International Yoga Day, a virtual yoga marathon was organised in Chhattisgarh and over 10 lakh people registered to participate in it. 

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel performed various yoga asanas at his official residence and stated, 'In this time of Covid-19 crisis, the relevance of yoga has increased manifold.' (PTI)

15:06 (IST)21 Jun 2021
UP CM Yogi Adityanath asks people to make yoga part of their lives

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath described yoga as an invaluable gift which keeps both the body and mind healthy, and asked people to make it a part of their lives, PTI reported.

14:14 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Kerala CM wants secular nature of yoga to be retained

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday termed Yoga as a 'form of healthcare' and said if it is confinedwithin the frames of any religion, a vast majority of the society would be denied its benefits. Modern Yoga is not something that should be seen in connection with spirituality or any particular religion, the Marxist veteran said in his video message to mark the seventh International Yoga Day.

Stating that Yoga is beneficial for both the physical and mental well-being of people, he urged people to make the ancient practise part of their daily routine. "Modern Yoga is not something that needs to be seen in connection with any particular religion or spirituality. It should be seen as a form of healthcare,"Vijayan said. (PTI)

13:50 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Yoga included in govt school curriculum from Classes 1 to 10 in Haryana: Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said that yoga has been included in school curriculum for classes 1 to 10 from the current academic session. He was addressing an event here on the occasion of the International Yoga Day. "...We have included yoga in school curriculum from this year for Classes 1 to 10 so that children make it a part of their daily lives," Khattar said.

"Like we need oxygen, food and water, likewise, to keep the body healthy yoga has its own importance. To inculcate the habit of practising yoga and to make it a part of students' lives since childhood, we have decided to include it in school curriculum from this year," he added.

In December, the Haryana government had announced that yoga would be included as a separate subject in all government schools from the next academic session. An official statement had earlier said the curriculum for yoga would be designed in such a way that it would have both theoretical and practical content on the pattern of physical education. Khattar said the state government's aim was to take yoga to the grassroot level and encourage people to make it a part of their lifestyle. (PTI)

13:06 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Delhi Police organises special yoga sessions for its personnel

The Delhi Police on Monday organised special yoga sessions for its personnel deployed across various units on the occasion of seventh International Yoga Day. Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava posted pictures of him and his wife performing different 'asanas'.

"I did my daily Yoga today morning at home. My wife too joined me to observe the 'Yoga Day'," he tweeted from his official Twitter handle. A special yoga session was carried out at the Singhu border where personnel from the Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces units deployed performed various yogic postures, a senior police officer said. In the southeast district, a similar programme was organised for police personnel to reduce their stress and keep their mind calm, a senior police officer said.

12:49 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Uttarakhand CM performs 'asanas' to mark International Yoga Day

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat performed various 'asanas' on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Monday and appealed to people to make yoga part of their daily routine for mental and physical health. He said Uttarakhand has a distinct identity in the world because of its close association with yoga which gives both physical and mental strength.

"Yoga is a science that unifies the body, heart and soul. Everyone must do yogic exercises regularly to lead a healthy life," the chief minister said. Announcement by the United Nations to observe June 21 as the International Yoga Day was a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative, he said. (PTI)

11:56 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Visuals of Indian Navy personnel doing Yoga on INS Shardul

Indian Navy personnel perform Yoga on INS Shardul that is heading back from the Persian Gulf as part of the Operation Samudra Setu II deployment. (ANI)

11:44 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Maharashtra Governor, politicians stress on yoga for good physical, mental health

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and leaders from various political parties emphasised on the importance of yoga for good physical and mental health and some of them performed asanas to mark the International Yoga Day on Monday. At the Raj Bhavan, Koshyari along with officers and other staff participated in a yoga session conducted under the guidance of Hansa Jayadeva, director of The Yoga Institute, a century-old training facility. Social distancing norms were followed during the yoga session in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a statement from the Raj Bhavan said.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari participated in the 'Yoga An Indian Heritage' campaign in Nagpur. Maharashtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan on his Twitter handle posted a picture of former prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru doing the 'shirsasan' exercise. "This International Day of Yoga, let us renew our resolve to follow true virtues imbibed by yoga- non violence, truthfulness, avoidance of malice and hatred," the former state CM tweeted. NCP chief Sharad Pawar said yoga was an excellent way of achieving good physical and mental health. (PTI)

11:11 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Watch: BSF troopers perform Yoga in Jaisalmer
10:46 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Yoga helped many in tackling Covid-19 crisis: Goa CM

Yoga is India's invaluable gift to the world and it has helped several people deal with the COVID-19 crisis, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said while greeting people on the occasion of the International Yoga Day on Monday.

The CM participated in a programme at the Aguada Fort in North Goa district in the morning and performed yoga exercises along with others as part of the event. In a Twitter post, he said yoga is the "key for a healthy life". "Yoga is India's invaluable gift to the world. It has helped millions of us to deal with covid crises.Wishes to all on the occasion of International Day of Yoga. Let us all make Yoga an integral part of our daily lives," Sawant said in another tweet.

10:19 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Visuals from the Red Fort on International Yoga Day

09:49 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Watch: People perform Yoga at Kanheri Caves in Maharashtra

Under the Union Culture and Tourism Ministry’s 'Yoga is an Indian Heritage' theme, a camp is organised at Kanheri Caves in Mumbai. Kanheri Caves is among 75 monuments that have been identified for holding a ‘common yoga protocol’ to mark the International Yoga Day. (ANI)

The International Yoga Day event scheduled at Red Fort – which has reopened this week after January 26 violence and pandemic-related lockdowns – will include a 45-minute yoga session, followed by a 30-minute cultural programme, to be performed by awardees from the Sangeet Natak Akademi or Zonal Cultural Centres.

The event will be live-streamed on all digital platforms/ pages of the Ministry of Culture for selected 30 sites out of the total 75.

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