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United Nations listens to Modi, declares Yoga Day

(Agencies)
Filed on December 14, 2014
United Nations listens to Modi, declares Yoga Day

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the International Day of Yoga would bring attention to yoga’s holistic benefits.

New York: The United Nations on Thursday declared that June 21 will be International Day of Yoga, adopting a measure proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said yoga lets people “discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature”.

The 193-member UN General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing a day to commemorate the ancient practice, which Modi called for in September during his inaugural address to the world body.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the International Day of Yoga would bring attention to yoga’s holistic benefits.

“Yoga can contribute to resilience against non-communicable diseases. Yoga can bring communities together in an inclusive manner that generates respect,” Ban said in a statement.

“Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress,” he said. Modi voiced his elation on twitter. “Elated! Have no words to describe my joy.”

The UN General Assembly resolution said a goal of the Yoga Day was the “wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population”.

Going beyond the view of yoga as physical and mental disciplines, Modi promoted it as a holistic way of life that stresses “harmony between man and nature” and simpler lifestyles and can help fight climate change. —


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