PM Modi will lead a yoga session at the UN Secretariat on June 21 to commemorate International Yoga Day.
According to the UN website, India proposed the draft resolution creating the International yoga day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the 9th International Day of Yoga celebrations, which is being held next week at the UN headquarters in New York, together with UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi.
The UNGA President tweeted stating that he was looking forward to celebrating the 9th International Day of Yoga at the UN with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the UN Headquarters North Lawn the following week. As part of his eagerly anticipated trip to the US beginning on June 21, the Prime Minister will take part in the Yoga Day event.
PM Modi will lead a yoga session at the UN Secretariat on June 21 to commemorate International Yoga Day, according to Shombi Sharp, the UN Resident Coordinator in India, who made the announcement on Tuesday.
He further stated that since 2015, “the world has truly welcomed International Yoga Day” while speaking with PTI on the sidelines of a seminar conducted here to commemorate 75 years of the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping.
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In acknowledgement of yoga’s enormous appeal, the United Nations passed a resolution in December 2014 recognising 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. The day aims to increase awareness of the numerous advantages of yoga practise on a global scale.
On June 21, Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi will conduct a yoga class at the UN Secretariat, according to Sharp. The General Assembly, the Security Council, and other bodies give the Secretariat instructions on how to carry out the substantive and administrative tasks of the UN.
“Everyone was in agreement, and 175 member states soon signed it. It truly encompasses a lot of different things and is one of those celebrated international days. It is about mental wellness and mindfulness, he remarked.
He said yoga was helpful in dreadful times like the Covid-19 pandemic. In Sharp’s words, the fact that today is International Yoga Day “struck an emotional chord with the international community” is because yoga is all about maintaining comfort and wellness. It will also be remarkable to have PM Modi in the UN, he added.
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According to the UN website, India proposed the draft resolution creating the International Day of Yoga, and a record 175 member nations supported it. Prime Minister Modi originally presented the idea.
“Yoga is a priceless inheritance from our ancient tradition,” he remarked in his speech at the General Assembly’s inaugural session. Yoga represents the harmony of the mind, the body, and the will.
Significance of yoga day
Following its establishment in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, the International Day of Yoga has been observed on June 21 every year since 2015. Ancient India is where yoga, a physical, mental, and spiritual practice, first emerged. The date of June 21 was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address in 2014 since it is the most prolonged day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many cultures.
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Asoke Mukherji, India’s permanent representative, presented the resolution drafted to the UN General Assembly on December 11. 177 Member States sponsored the draft text, which had widespread support and was approved without a vote. Many top leaders from throughout the world have backed this project. The resolution received support from a record-breaking 177 countries, the most ever for a resolution of this kind at the UNGA.
When he proposed June 21 as the date, Modi noted that this day was significant in many parts of the world and was the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (and the shortest in the southern hemisphere).
The start of Dakshinayana in Indian calendars is signalled by the summer solstice. Guru Poornima is the name for the second full moon following the summer solstice. In Hindu mythology, Shiva, the original yogi (Adi Yogi), is credited with starting the practice of yoga and becoming the first guru (Adi Guru) on this day.