The Prime Minister was addressing a large crowd of people, including dignitaries, outside the United Nations headquarters in New York ahead of the International Yoga Day celebration.
PM Modi said that people from almost every nationality have come to attend the event, which is in a way, a form of Yoga.
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“I am delighted to see you all and thank you all for coming. I am told that almost every nationality is represented here today. Yoga means to unite, so you are coming together is an expression of another form of Yoga,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that while Yoga comes from India, the practice is free from copyrights, patents and royalty.
“Yoga is adaptable to your age, gender and fitness level. Yoga is portable and is truly universal,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that last year, the entire world came together to support India’s proposal to celebrate 2023 as the International Year of Millets, adding that it’s wonderful to see the entire world come together again for Yoga.
Lauding the role of Yoga in promoting physical and mental health, PM Modi said that it makes you “calm and emotionally content”
“It’s not just exercise on a mat. It’s a way of life … a holistic approach to health and well-being. A way to live in harmony with self and others and with nature,” he said.
“Let us use the power of Yoga not only to be healthy, happy but also to be kind to ourselves and to each other. Let us use the power of Yoga to build bridges of friendship, a peaceful world and a cleaner, greener and sustainable future. Let us join hands together to realise the goal of One Earth, One Family, One Future,” he said.