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Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the role of Yoga in strengthening the family bondage. He said that Yoga brings all closer and binds every member of a family including children and elders. This is the reason why ‘Yoga with Family’ has been made the theme of the sixth International Day of Yoga.
Addressing the nation, the Prime Minister said that COVID-19 mainly attacks the pulmonary organs of the human body and Pranayams are helpful in strengthening the respiratory system.
“Yoga boosts immune system of the body. You must include Pranayama in your daily life. Pranayama Yoga or breathing exercises strengthens our respiratory system. It is more relevant in the current times as it is the respiratory system of the body that is most adversely affected by the Covid19 virus”, the Prime Minister said.
“As conscious citizens, we will move forward as a family and society in unison. We will try to make ‘Yoga at home and Yoga with family’ a part of our lives. We will surely succeed, we will surely win”, he said.
Due to current pandemic of COVID-19, mass gatherings are not advisable. Keeping this situation in mind, the Government encouraged people to practice Yoga at their homes along with their family members. In this regard, the Ministry of AYUSH maximised the use of social and digital media platforms to facilitate online participation from the people.
Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik said that International Day of Yoga has turned into the biggest public health movement. “Now every country of the world celebrates International Day of Yoga and the public has embraced this event and adopting it as a celebration of India’s culture and tradition”, he stated. The Minister said that this year IDY comes in the middle of a health emergency so the AYUSH Ministry has been fostering and facilitating the trend of practicing Yoga at home through various online and hybrid-online initiatives since the last three months. The Minister praised “My Life – My Yoga” Video Blogging Contest announced by the Prime Minister for raising awareness about Yoga.
The minister said that many leading Yoga institutions have joined forces with the Ministry in this effort. Such activities intensified in the last one month, with added focus of training in Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), which is followed by participants of IDY every year for ensuring harmony in the mass demonstrations of Yoga.
Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said that the Ministry of AYUSH streamed various online initiatives including daily morning Common Yoga Protocol session on Doordarshan and social media for people to follow and learn the Protocol. Live demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol was performed by the experts of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga followed by discussions with Yoga experts. The programme was televised on all the channels of Doordarshan.

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