It is not often that we see a prominent political personality propagating the importance of leading a healthy and a holistic life. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one such leader, who has been continuously promoting ancient Indian art of holistic wellness-yoga-for the last few years. His zeal has brought benefits to many across the world.
As we are all set to observe the International Yoga Day on June 21 (Tuesday), Modi on Sunday (June 19), thanked nations across the globe for their enthusiasm and support to celebrate the ancient Indian discipline. He said that yoga was so much more than just physical exercise and that it helped in achieving a sense of clarity.
"As #IDY2016 approaches, sharing a few thoughts on Yoga & the enthusiasm towards International Day of Yoga," Modi tweeted. Along with the tweet, a video message outlined his ambitious plans to make yoga an international phenomenon--practiced by one all.
The Prime Minister said that when he had outlined a vision for an International Yoga Day in September 2014 at the United Nations General Assembly, he never anticipated the enormous enthusiasm for the occasion from all corners of the world.
"The reverberations of the discipline found a natural home at the UN Headquarters in New York where the journey began. I was fortunate to celebrate the event along with 30,000 of my fellow citizens and foreign guests in New Delhi. As so many of you have already discovered, yoga is much more than physical exercise. It enables us to access a new dimension of our self. Even while providing a holistic approach to preventive health care, yoga helps us to restore balance and furnishes us with a much need sense of clarity," Modi said.
"I thank you for your commitment and welcome you as sisters and brothers' of India's family," he added.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead a yoga programme in Chandigarh's Capitol Complex. The first International Yoga Day celebration was organized at Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21 last year.
Reports say around 10,000 people will be participating in the International Yoga Day celebrations in the national capital on June 21 in collaboration with the Ministry of AYUSH and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
The Prime Minister has always used every possible podium, including his Twitter handle, to promote and encourage people to practice yoga.