Yoga is India’s greatest gift to humanity: J&K LG on Int’l Yoga Day

Srinagar, Jun 21 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha Wednesday described yoga as India’s greatest gift to humanity which has transcended the boundaries of religion and geographical barriers to bring happiness in people’s lives.

Sinha led the International Yoga Day celebrations in the union territory by performing yoga ‘asanas’ at an event at Botanical Garden here.

Conveying his best wishes to the people of J-K on the occasion, the lieutenant governor said yoga has helped people across the world to remain fit.

” especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, people realised that not only medicines, but yoga can also increase immunity. All the doctors advise that yoga is also needed to remain fit. It is due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the whole world is attracted to yoga,” Sinha told reporters.

“This year’s theme underlines the vision of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ of Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji. Yoga is India’s greatest gift to the humanity and it has transcended the boundary of religion, sect and geographical barriers to bring happiness in people’s lives,” the LG said on Twitter.

This rich and ancient tradition, based on prevention for better health, has been accepted by medical science and researchers as a unique and significant practice of the traditional system of medicine which offers tremendous physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages, he added.

“The first sutra of Maharishi Patanjali now the discipline of yoga and second one on cessation of the mind, is the key to understand yoga. Body-mind together as one in the present moment, here and now helps to reduce stress level, brings mindfulness and improves physical strength,” Sinha said.

The great sage Maharishi Patanjali has observed that disorder within our body-mind is the main reason for stress, anxiety, inflammation in the body and heart diseases. Yoga brings harmony in our body-mind, the LG added.

Functions were held at district headquarters and various schools across the valley to mark the ninth International Yoga Day. Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) also organised various streaks of yoga sessions and activities at its different units, including forward locations and the Line of Control (LoC).

Various activities were facilitated by the BSF Kashmir Frontier with the active participation of BSF troops, school children, and the civil population, a BSF spokesman said.

He said the main function was organised in frontier headquarters at Humhama on the outskirts of the city here with the yoga performance and a speech on the importance of yoga.

Kashmir Frontier Inspector-General (IG) Ashok Yadav said yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India over 5,000 years ago.

Today, yoga is recognised worldwide for its many benefits for a happy, healthy, united mankind.

He added that at difficult terrains of the LoC where sports and fitness facilities like grounds and gyms are not available, yoga proves to be critical for keeping troops physically fit and mentally sound.

CRPF and J-K Police, across the valley, also organised many events to mark the day.