More than a crore performed Surya Namaskar globally
In a message from India to the whole world to stay healthy, on the occasion of celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Ministry of Ayush observed an event dedicated to the practice of ‘Surya Namaskar for Vitality’ (Sun Salutation) for Indian and global audience and participants.
The event was hosted from India virtually and telecasted on Doordarshan; more than 75 lakh people from worldwide performed Surya Namaskar. The experts have proved that the regular practice of Surya Namaskar greatly enhances body health and improves mental and emotional wellbeing.
On this occasion, Baba Ramdev, Acharya Balkrishna, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev and many notable spiritual Gurus and Yoga Masters from different parts of the world joined in the inaugural programme.
Under the leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Yoga as a daily routine to enhance physical and mental wellbeing is gaining worldwide impetus. In the virtual event, many leading Yoga Masters and experts demonstrated the powerful Surya Namaskar technique and shared their views on its benefits.
The Yoga Gurus
On occasion, Dr Munjapara Said that different researches on Surya Namaskara show that its regular practice builds immunity and keeps the body fit. Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev said, “the Surya Namaskar movement aims to make people aware of the basis of life force. Yoga means to unite people, and we are doing the same by uniting more than 75 lakh people performing Surya Namaskar together.”
Art of Living founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “the energy of the sun awakens the immunity within us which can save us from this global epidemic.” Sadhguru Shri Jaggi Vasudev, the founder of Isha Foundation, said, “everything in the world is governed by the energy of the sun. Performing Surya Namaskar every day improves physical and psychological health.”
2021 Miss World Japan Tamaki Hoshi also joined virtually. She said that the initiative taken by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, is beneficial for all, especially during pandemic times. Many people in Japan are also performing Surya Namaskar, and many have included yoga in their daily routine.
The President of Italy Yoga Institute, Dr Antoniette Rossi, appealed to the people to stay healthy by performing Surya Namaskar. Dr Indranil Basu Roy, President of the American Yoga Academy, members of the Singapore Yoga Institute, including many others, also virtually joined the programme and performed Surya Namaskar following the COVID rules.
MDNIY Director Ishwar Basavareddy said that the practice of Surya Namaskar plays a vital role in strengthening our respiratory system. The event garnered immense support and witnessed participation from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, including NCC, NSS volunteers and army personnel.