Yoga has emerged as a force for unity and it does not discriminate as it goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
In his message on the sixth International Day of Yoga, he said due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world is feeling the need for Yoga more than ever.
"If our immunity is strong, it is of great help in defeating this disease. For boosting immunity, there are several techniques in Yoga, various 'asanas' are there," he said.
COVID-19 specifically attacks our respiratory system which gets strengthened on doing 'Pranayama' or breathing exercise, Modi said.
"Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet. It has emerged as a force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity. It does not discriminate. It goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and nations. Anybody can embrace Yoga," the prime minister said.
"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 a healthy and happy humanity. Yoga can definitely help us make this happen," he said in his message telecast this morning.
Doing work and performing duties properly is also Yoga, he said.
With the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic looming large, International Day of Yoga is being marked on digital media platforms sans mass gatherings.
This year's theme is 'Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family'.
On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly had declared June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga', months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed the idea.