On International Yoga Day, PM Modi stresses on pranayama

This is the sixth edition of the International Yoga Day and it is being observed digitally for the first time since June 21, 2015.
This year’s theme is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family”.(PTI)
This year’s theme is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family”.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 21, 2020 08:38 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on International Yoga Day on Sunday focussed on the importance of one of the techniques of controlling the breath in yoga and its benefits to fight the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which has affected and killed millions across the world.

As the Prime Minister delivered his message to the nation on the International Yoga Day, he said the coronavirus disease specifically attacks our respiratory system and pranayama is one asana which will help us the most in strengthening it.

PM Modi said the anulom-vilom pranayama is more popular and is also very effective. But, he said there are many types of pranayama—sheetali, kapalbhati, bhramari, bhastrika.

“All these forms and techniques of yoga help a lot in strengthening both our respiratory system and immune system. Therefore, my special request to you is that you must include pranayama in your daily practice, and along with the Anulom-Viloma, also learn many pranayama techniques,” he said.

“A large number of Covid-19 patients are experiencing the benefits of these methods of yoga all over the world today. The strength of yoga is helping them to defeat this disease,” he added.

He said anybody can embrace yoga as all one needs is some time and empty space.

“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,” the PM said.

This is the sixth edition of the International Yoga Day and it is being observed digitally for the first time since June 21, 2015. This year’s theme is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family”.

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