Hope that yoga can become a binding force for the world: PM Modi

 Expressing happiness that the international Yoga day had become an integral part of public life in many countries with its impact expanding far beyond its day of observance and expressed hope that Yoga can become a binding force for the world.

Speaking after inaugurating Essel Group America’s YO1 – the largest nature cure centre – in the United States via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said, ‘For the last few days, I have been seeing pictures of people participating in the celebrations, across the world. Indeed, in just three years, this event has grown into a world-wide public movement. It has become an integral part of public life in many countries. Its impact has expanded far beyond its day of observance. In India, I perceive three different themes in the observation of International Day of Yoga.

“First, it has become an occasion of initiation for millions. Inspired by the spirit of Yoga, they commit themselves to its pursuit. Second, it is an occasion when those, who are already introduced to Yoga, re-dedicate themselves to its pursuit. The third theme is to spread the good word. Thousands of individuals and institutions, who have already gained from Yoga, reach out to those that still have not. In the process, International Day of Yoga, has even come to be celebrated as a festival, by many across the world. The word Yoga, means ‘to unite’. Therefore, this surge of interest in Yoga, fills me with hope. I hope that Yoga can become a binding force for the world.’

Highlighting the importance of Yoga , Mr Modi said the word ‘Yoga’ symbolises connection.

‘Yoga, which has become a mass movement in the past three years, can become a unifying force for the world,’ the Prime Minister said.

Noting that the approach of traditional knowledge systems like Yoga comes as a refreshing change to those used to conventional treatment therapies, Mr Modi said, ‘ traditional Indian knowledge systems, such as Yoga and Ayurveda, help us stay healthy. They guide us to overcome inherent weaknesses of both body and mind. These are systems, which treat individuals with care and respect. Their approach is neither intrusive nor abrupt. It often comes as a refreshing change to those used to conventional treatment therapies.

“Modern lifestyle takes a toll on the body as well as the mind. The focus of conventional systems of healthcare, unfortunately, is more on cure, rather than on prevention. There is no denying that we need conventional medicine to address the huge health challenges of today. But it is also a fact that there are gap areas that remain un-addressed. Healthcare specialists all over the world now appreciate the fact that systems like Yoga and Ayurveda can complement the conventional medicine system extremely well. These holistic systems focus on wellness and disease prevention. Adoption of these holistic practices leads to increased health and wellness in individuals and in communities.’

The Prime Minister also lauded the Essel Group initiative.

‘I would like to say again that your Nature Cure Facility will work to bring the benefit of Yoga, to all those who come there to seek comfort and relief.I am happy to note that the path-ways to wellness projected by your Centre aim to address the personal concerns of the individuals. It is also significant that their objective is life-long wellness.

“With such an approach, the Centre can contribute significantly to the wellness movement, and take the benefits of Yoga to a large number of people in the USA. It also gives me happiness to learn that your Centre will create five hundred direct and fifteen hundred indirect jobs in the area. It will thus be a responsible member of the community.”

‘I am happy that the Essel Group has chosen the International Day of Yoga for the inauguration of the YO1 wellness centre,’ the Prime Minister said.


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