International Day of Yoga will be observed on June 21 (Picture for representative purpose only)
NEW DELHI: The Central government has, taking view of the current Covid-19 situation, called for International Day of Yoga on Monday to be observed through maximum use of digital, virtual and electronic platforms rather than by organising events that require congregation of people.
"All stake-holders are invited to take up messaging to the public by highlighting the importance and contribution of IDY to public health, and encouraging the people to observe IDY 2021 by doing the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) at home with their families, on June 21, 2021," the government said in a note on Saturday.
It was at the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the United Nations general assembly had in 2014 declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Since then, this day has been observed all over the world with considerable zeal and vigour.
The rewards of yoga for disease prevention and health promotion are well known. They have acquired special significance against the backdrop of Covid-19. The International Day of Yoga 2021 presents an occasion to underline the health benefits of Yoga, and motivate the public to take up the pursuit of Yoga. Theme for the International Yoga Day, 2021 is ‘Yoga for Wellness’, the government said on Saturday.
An "IDY Handbook" has been developed by ministry of AYUSH keeping in mind the current pandemic situation – lending focus predominantly on mobilization activities in the online/virtual mode. In addition to bringing back the key message of following Covid-appropriate behaviour to ensure personal health and wellbeing, these activities can be undertaken through digital media. The handbook, through the standardization of activities, will help to strengthen the collaborations among different stakeholders in organizing activities for IDY 2021, said the government.
Virtual training sessions are being offered by Moraraji Desai National Institute of Yoga(MDNIY) which can be attended, government said while requesting its employees and staff to participate in IDY activities organized by ministry of Ayush on MyGov platform.