The most anticipated event of 9th International Yoga Day celebration is underway in the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading the celebration by performing yoga at the United Nations headquarters in New York which commenced at around 5:30 pm IST.
PM Modi started the event with an address saying Yoga is portable, it is flexible. It can be done in a group or can be self-taught. It is unifying and one for all ethnicities, and cultures. Yoga is truly universal.
He also said yoga has no copyrights and no patents indicating yoga is free for all and everyone must take it up for a healthy lifestyle.
The Yoga Day event led by Prime Minister Modi at the UN Headquarters in New York witnessed participation from 77th United Nations General Assembly President Csaba Korosi, Hollywood actor Richard Gere and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
Korosi said during his speech, yoga changes physical performance but it sparks different mental and intellectual performances within us. He further added he has been an admirer of yoga and this world needs balance and self-control and yoga is one of the means of achieving it.
Richard Gere said he felt great about the event.
The welcome address of the event was delivered by India’s permanent representative to the UN Ruchika Kamboj.
There were participants who joined digitally Evangelist Vala Afshar, award-winning storyteller Jay Shetty, Michellin Star Indian chef and restaurateur Vikas Khanna and Grammy award winner Ricky Kej.
The event has also been attended by personalities and influencers from all walks of life including diplomats, officials, academicians, health professionals, technocrats, industry leaders, media personalities, artists, spiritual leaders, and yoga practitioners. People from more than 180 countries have joined PM Modi for the Yoga Day programme.
The proposal of International Yoga Day was introduced by PM Modi during his 2014 address to the United Nations General Assembly which was accepted on December 21, 2014 and was first observed on June 21, 2015. Since then, Yoga has gained huge popularity worldwide due to its ability to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, and overall fitness.
This year the theme of Yoga Day is Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam which means yoga for the welfare of all in the form of One World, One Family. It symbolises the spirit of Yoga, which unites the people around the world and takes them along.
The Prime Minister is presently on his maiden State visit to the United States who landed last night(as per the IST). Earlier in the day, he held a series of meetings with leaders from different industry. The Prime Minister also met Twitter Chairman and Tesla founder Elon Musk, who hailed PM Modi saying he is a big fan of him.
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