Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of International Yoga Day addressed the nation by wishing good health for "every country, every society and every individual" and stressed the significance of its role in one's physical and mental health.
Stressing on the importance of Yoga, Modi said, "Today, when the entire world is fighting against Covid-19 pandemic, Yoga has become a ray of hope. For two years now, no public event has been organised in India or the world but enthusiasm for Yoga has not gone down."
"Even though major public events have not been organised in countries around the world and in India for two years, the enthusiasm for Yoga Day has not been diminished," he added.
PM Modi also said that Yoga will "continue playing its preventive, as well as promotive role in the healthcare of masses. If there are threats to humanity, Yoga often gives us a way of holistic health. Yoga also gives us a happier way of life. I am sure, Yoga will continue playing its preventive, as well as promotive role in the healthcare of masses," he said.
In the event, the Prime Minister launched a mYoga app that will be available worldwide. While launching the app, he said, "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'."
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, celebrations for the seventh International Yoga Day has been going on virtually.
He further added that Yoga helps in the "healing process". "When I talk to frontline workers and doctors, they tell me that they have made Yoga a shield for protection against the virus. They've used Yoga not just for safeguarding themselves, but also patients. Today even medical science lays emphasis on the healing process, besides medical treatment. Yoga helps in the healing process," he said.
The idea of celebrating a day dedicated to Yoga was conceived by Modi and he introduced the concept on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly. The resolution to celebrate International Yoga Day on June 21 was introduced in the UN by India's Ambassador, Ashoke Kumar Mukerji. The resolution was supported by 177 nations.