We’ve all heard about the benefits of yoga… increased flexibility, increased muscle strength, more energy, weight reduction, improved cardio and circulatory health – just to name a few.

But did you know that Yoga has emerged as a force for unity?

In his message on the sixth International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narenda Modi said “Due to coronavirus, the world is feeling the need for Yoga more than ever.”

He went on to say that “Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet. It has emerged as a force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity. It does not discriminate. It goes beyond race, color, gender, faith and nations. Anybody can embrace Yoga. If we can fine-tune our chords of health and hope, the day is not far away when the world will witness the success of a healthy and happy humanity. Yoga can definitely help us make this happen.”

“If our immunity is strong, it is of great help in defeating this disease. For boosting immunity, there are several techniques in Yoga, various asanas’ are there.  COVID-19 specifically attacks our respiratory system which gets strengthened on doing ‘pranayama’ or breathing exercise,” said Modi.

He also said “doing work and performing duties properly is also Yoga.” With the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic looming large, International Day of Yoga is being marked on digital media platforms rather than mass gatherings. ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’ was this year’s theme.

Back on December 11, 2014, the UN General Assembly declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga’. Prime Minister Modi had proposed the idea a few months earlier.

Well then, let’s all join a yoga class and spread the love.