he President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a mass Yoga event at Rashtrapati Bhavan to commemorate the International Yoga Day today (June 21, 2015).
Speaking on the occasion, the President conveyed his best wishes to all on International Yoga Day. He said that India is the home of Yoga where it was practiced over centuries. One of the most important teachers of Yoga was Yoga Guru Patanjali. He stated that Yoga is both an art as well as a science. It has amazing curative as well as preventive powers for the well-being of humanity and for the management of many modern lifestyle related disorders. He expressed his happiness that many residents of Rashtrapati Bhavan have been practicing Yoga for a long period of time. He was also happy to see that the employees and residents are participating enthusiastically to commemorate the International Yoga Day.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people around the world, on 1st International Day of Yoga.
64-year-old Modi, who was expected to only address the event, later sat on the ground with other participants practising most of the 21 ‘asanas’.
The 30-minute mega event began around 7 am at the Rajpath which was dotted with white as participants sat on their mats for the yoga demonstration.
The Prime Minister, attired in white with a tricolour ’patka’, along with other participants followed the instructions in English and Hindi with images on giant screens too helping them.
“Greetings to people around the world on 1st International Day of Yoga! Lets pledge to make Yoga an integral part of our daily lives
In some parts of the world, the 1st rays of the sun have already been welcomed by people practicing Yoga.This will continue across the world”, the Prime Minister said.
In his remarks at the International Conference on Yoga for holistic health, on the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga, the Prime Minister described Yoga as a “state of mind,” (avasthaa), as opposed to being a commodity or a system (vyavasthaa). He said that the solidarity being expressed through Yoga, in the coming together with brothers and sisters in other countries, brings our hearts and minds closer.
This support is not just for India, but for the great tradition of Yoga, the Prime Minister noted. He described Yoga as a means to achieve harmony with oneself, one’s body, surroundings and nature. He said that when practised correctly and with discipline, Yoga leads to greater fulfilment in life.
The Prime Minister said that as the world united in celebrating the International Day of Yoga, there would be a lot of expectations, regarding Yoga, and India stands ready to the shoulder the responsibility of these expectations, for the greater good of the world.
The Prime Minister described Yoga is a collective gift to humanity. He added that it may have originated in India, but it draws its energies from the millions who practice it around the world. He reiterated India’s resolve to reach out and foster a culture of inclusiveness, of fraternity, of one global family – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
The Prime Minister also released commemorative coins and a stamp, to mark the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga.
The Minister for AYUSH (I/C) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Minister of State for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha, and Yoga exponents Baba Ramdev, Dr Nagendra and Dr. Veerendra Heggade were present on the occasion.