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Yoga unites people with balance, mindfulness & peace: UN chief

Yoga unites people with balance, mindfulness & peace: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has praised yoga for its roots in India and its global embrace, highlighting its values of balance, mindfulness, and peace. In his message on the 10th International Yoga Day, Guterres urged people to draw inspiration from yoga’s timeless values for a more harmonious future.

The UN proclaimed June 21 as International Day of Yoga in December 2014, recognizing its universal appeal. The resolution, proposed by India, was endorsed by a record 175 member states.

“The International Day of Yoga recognizes the ancient practice’s unmatched power to deliver healing, inner peace, and physical, spiritual, and mental well-being,” Guterres stated. He emphasized that yoga, with its roots in India, is now embraced worldwide by people of all faiths and cultures, uniting them with its values of balance and peace. This year's theme, ‘Yoga for Self and Society,’ underscores yoga's role in enhancing individual lives and the wider community.

The Permanent Mission of India to the UN celebrated the 10th International Yoga Day at the North Lawn Area of the UN Headquarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led last year’s event, nine years after he proposed June 21 as International Yoga Day.

The event saw participation from UN envoys, officials, diaspora members, and yoga enthusiasts. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed greeted attendees with a ‘Namaste,’ highlighting yoga's essence of unity—of mind, body, and spirit.

President of the 78th UN General Assembly session, Dennis Francis, in a virtual message, emphasized yoga’s global spread and its benefits, including contentment, physical strength, mental fortitude, empathy, compassion, and inner peace. He noted that yoga’s principles resonate deeply with the UN’s core values of promoting peace, justice, and human dignity.

Francis called for embracing yoga not only as a physical practice but as a guiding philosophy for collective efforts in building a better future. Charge d’affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ambassador R Ravindra, noted yoga's global embrace over the past decade as a symbol of well-being and peace.

The celebration included a performance by the UN Chamber Music Society and yoga exercises led by yoga masters.

Yoga unites people with balance, mindfulness & peace: UN chief

Yoga unites people with balance, mindfulness & peace: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has praised yoga for its roots in India and its global embrace, highlighting its values of balance, mindfulness, and peace. In his message on the 10th International Yoga Day, Guterres urged people to draw inspiration from yoga’s timeless values for a more harmonious future.

The UN proclaimed June 21 as International Day of Yoga in December 2014, recognizing its universal appeal. The resolution, proposed by India, was endorsed by a record 175 member states.

“The International Day of Yoga recognizes the ancient practice’s unmatched power to deliver healing, inner peace, and physical, spiritual, and mental well-being,” Guterres stated. He emphasized that yoga, with its roots in India, is now embraced worldwide by people of all faiths and cultures, uniting them with its values of balance and peace. This year's theme, ‘Yoga for Self and Society,’ underscores yoga's role in enhancing individual lives and the wider community.

The Permanent Mission of India to the UN celebrated the 10th International Yoga Day at the North Lawn Area of the UN Headquarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led last year’s event, nine years after he proposed June 21 as International Yoga Day.

The event saw participation from UN envoys, officials, diaspora members, and yoga enthusiasts. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed greeted attendees with a ‘Namaste,’ highlighting yoga's essence of unity—of mind, body, and spirit.

President of the 78th UN General Assembly session, Dennis Francis, in a virtual message, emphasized yoga’s global spread and its benefits, including contentment, physical strength, mental fortitude, empathy, compassion, and inner peace. He noted that yoga’s principles resonate deeply with the UN’s core values of promoting peace, justice, and human dignity.

Francis called for embracing yoga not only as a physical practice but as a guiding philosophy for collective efforts in building a better future. Charge d’affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ambassador R Ravindra, noted yoga's global embrace over the past decade as a symbol of well-being and peace.

The celebration included a performance by the UN Chamber Music Society and yoga exercises led by yoga masters.

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