On Yoga Day 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that yoga is benefitting and helping the world in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “Yoga is helping us in this fight against this pandemic. The pranayamas help us in building immunity and resolving respiratory illnesses,” he said in an address to the nation.
Highlighting the importance of exercises, PM Modi requested citizens to make yoga a part of their regular life, reported Indian Express. “All of us are doing yoga at home with the family. International Day of Yoga gives a message of universal brotherhood. Yoga gives mental peace, helps in bringing positivity,” he said. “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 healthy and happy humanity. Yoga can definitely help us make this happen.”
PM Modi also said that the world is feeling the need for yoga more seriously than ever due to the corona pandemic. “If our immunity is strong then we get great help in defeating this disease. There are many methods of yoga , many types of asanas to increase immunity. Those asanas increase the strength of our body, strengthen our metabolism. Covid19 virus specifically attacks our respiratory system. The one that helps in strengthening our Respiratory system the most is Pranayama, ie breathing exercise,” he said.
The prime minister said that Yoga is “force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity”.
For the first time since it was instituted on 21 June 2015, Yoga Day celebrations will be held virtually due to coronavirus. This year’s theme is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family”.