Modi announces M-Yoga App, says it will help in achieving ‘One World One Health’
New Delhi, June 21, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said yoga had helped people to muster confidence and strength to fight COVID-19 all over the world and announced the launch of the M-Yoga app that will help in achieving the goal of "One World One Health".
Speaking on the occasion of seventh International Yoga Day here today, he said the app would provide many videos of yoga training based on common yoga protocol in many languages.
Terming this as a great example of fusion of modern technology and ancient science, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that m-yoga app will help in spreading yoga world over and will contribute to the efforts towards One World One Health.
Modi said yoga had proved a source of strength and poise for people during the coronavirus pandemic.
He pointed out that it was easy for countries to forget Yoga Day during the coronavirus pandemic as it is not intrinsic to their culture but, instead, enthusiasm for yoga has increased globally. He recalled how frontline COVID-19 warriors made yoga their shield and made themselves strong through yoga and how people, doctors nurses took to yoga to deal with the effects of the virus.
He said experts are stressing the importance of breathing exercises like pranayama and anulom-vilom for strengthening the respiratory system.
The Prime Minister said that, despite the pandemic, this year’s theme for International Yoga Day –“Yoga for wellness" has raised the morale of people and he wished for health of every country, society and individual and hoped that people would be united and would strengthen each other.
Quoting Tamil saint Thiruvalluvar, Modi said yoga goes to the root cause of disease and is instrumental in healing. He expressed satisfaction that globally, research is being conducted in the healing properties of yoga. He noted studies were being conducted on immunity through yoga and children doing yoga during their online classes. He said this is preparing children to fight the coronavirus.
The Prime Minister emphasized the holistic nature of yoga and said that it takes care of physical health as well as mental health.
"Yoga brings us in touch with our inner strength and protects us from all sorts of negativities," he said.
Stressing on the positivity of yoga, he said “The shift from silos to union is yoga. A proven way to experience, a realisation of oneness is Yoga.”
In this regard he quoted Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore: "The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union."
Modi said that the mantra of "Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam" which India has followed since ages, is now finding global acceptance.
"We all are praying for each other's well-being, 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 positive role in healthcare of masses,” he said.
Quoting from Gita, the Prime Minister said people need to continue moving on the collective journey of yoga as it has a solution for everyone.
"It is important that yoga reaches to every person while keeping intact its foundation and core. Yoga acharyas and all of us should contribute in this task of taking yoga to everyone," he added.