Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated 21, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the International Day of Yoga, has recommended yoga to help fight COVID-19 as it boosts the immune system. He said this is more relevant in the current times as it is the respiratory system of the body that is most adversely affected by the deadly virus.
Modi declared ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’ as the theme for this year’s International Day of Yoga. He pointed out that a huge participation of people in ‘My Life – My Yoga’ video blogging competition from across the globe reflects the growing popularity of yoga.
“All of us are doing yoga at home with the family. International Day of Yoga gives us a message of universal brotherhood. Yoga gives mental peace, helps in bringing positivity,” the PM said. “If we can fine-tune our chords of health and hope, the day is not far away when world will witness the success of healthy and happy humanity. Yoga can definitely help us make this happen.”
M Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President of India, encouraged educational institutes to include yoga as part of their online learning programmes. “Indeed the world is going through challenging times and we simply cannot allow the pandemic to get the better of us,” he said. “We have to unite and put up a stronger fight and to ensure that we are healthy, both physically and mentally.” Naidu said yoga remains an incredibly simple but powerful instrument to prevent and control lifestyle diseases.