Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday termed yoga a “ray of hope” and a source of strength in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
He was addressing a programme to mark the 7th International Yoga Day where he also spoke of the M-Yoga application, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The app will have videos of yoga training based on a Common Yoga Protocol and will be available in different languages.
“This will help us in making the ‘One World, One Health’ motto successful,” he said.
“At a time when the whole world is fighting the coronavirus pandemic, yoga remains a ray of hope,” Mr. Modi said.
“Despite the lack of major public events in countries around the world and in India for around a year and a half, the enthusiasm for Yoga Day has not diminished,” he noted.
For most of the countries of the world, Yoga Day is not their age-old cultural festival and in this difficult time, people could have forgotten about it and ignored it, but on the contrary, people’s enthusiasm for yoga had increased, he said.
“When the unseen coronavirus knocked on the doors of the world, no country was prepared for it in terms of resources, capability and mental state. We all have seen that in such difficult times, yoga has become a great source of inner strength,” he said.
Yoga shows us the way from stress to strength and from negativity to creativity, he asserted.
He expressed confidence that yoga would continue playing its preventive as well as promotive role in healthcare of masses.