Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh along with ministers posed Yoga Asanas on the 8th International Day of Yoga observed with mass yoga demonstration under the theme “Yoga for Humanity” at the indoor stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, here, on Tuesday.
MLAs, DGP, senior civil and police officials, students and others took part at the mass demonstration.
Biren appreciated the thoughts and visions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his initiative to achieve recognition of Yoga from the United Nations General Assembly.
Yoga has been a part of the Indian Society since time immemorial, it was not widely practiced all over the country. However, following the proposal on International Yoga Day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014 and declaration of June 21 as International Yoga Day, the day is observed all over the world, the chief minister said.
The Day is observed under the theme “Yoga for Humanity” implying that yoga helps in building good relations among all people regardless of caste and region, he added. He stressed on the need of everyone to perform yoga taking out some time daily adding it would not only improve our immune system and self confidence but also imbibe us with good and positive thoughts.
Acknowledging the importance of Yoga, 175 nations supported the India-led resolution on International Day of Yoga at UN General Assembly. Many countries began to imitate India’s humanism and its way of natural therapy and AYUSH, he said.
Biren said, “Being a human being, everyone should have respect for others and there shouldn’t be any thought of being superior to others.”
Health and family welfare inister Dr Sapam Ranjan said the 6th and 7th International Yoga Day couldn’t be observed physically due to Covid-19 pandemic. But this year, the day is observed with mass participation as a part of the celebration of 75 years of India’s Independence, he added.
He recalled the credibility of yoga during the Covid-19 pandemic in maintaining our well being and possession of positive thoughts at the time of hardship. Maintaining that yoga had been gaining popularity with time, he appealed to the public to perform yoga for well-being on oneself.
During the programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on the occasion of the 8th International Day of Yoga from the iconic Mysore Palace, Karnataka was live telecasted.
The state observation was organised by the Directorate of AYUSH, Manipur and State AYUSH Society, Manipur in coordination with the Directorate of Youth Affairs and Sports. The day was also observed at different parts of the state with mass participation.