10 million people expected to participate in first-ever global Surya Namaskar programme

By | Written by Kunal Gaurav
Jan 14, 2022 06:55 AM IST

The Ayush ministry has advised to perform 'Surya Namaskar' from home and upload videos on the links used for registration.

About 10 million are expected to participate in the first-ever global Surya Namaskar demonstration programme organised by the ministry of Ayush today on the occasion of Makar Sankranti to commemorate the journey of the sun to the Northern Hemisphere. Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ayush, is expected to address the people and give his message on Surya Namaskar.

Students performing Surya Namaskar, a form of Yoga, at Mulund Sambhaji ground in Mumbai.(Praful Gangurde/HT File Photo)
Students performing Surya Namaskar, a form of Yoga, at Mulund Sambhaji ground in Mumbai.(Praful Gangurde/HT File Photo)

As many as 13 rounds of Live Surya Namaskar will be conducted on DD National from 7am to 7.30am during which leading Yoga masters and gurus from global institutions will share their messages. In view of rising coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, the Ayush ministry has advised to perform 'Surya Namaskar' from home and upload videos on the links used for registration.

“On the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti and during the celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Ministry of AYUSH is hosting the first-ever global Surya Namaskar demonstration programme where about 10 million people will participate,” the ministry said in a statement Thursday.

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As the primary source of energy, the ministry highlighted that Sun is not only critical for the continuation of the food chain but it also energizes the mind and body of human beings. It stated that exposure to the Sun provides the human body with Vitamin D, which has been widely recommended in all medical branches around the world.

“Scientifically, the Surya Namaskar has been known to develop immunity and improve vitality, which is significant to our health during pandemic conditions,” the ministry said.

“The mass Surya Namaskar demonstration also intends to carry the message of climate change and global warming. In today’s world where climate consciousness is imperative, the implementation of solar e-energy (green energy) in daily life will greatly reduce carbon emissions that threaten the planet,” it added.

Leading yoga institutes, the Indian Yoga Association, National Yoga Sports Federation, Yoga Certification Board, FIT India, and many government and non-government organisations will be participating in this worldwide program.

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