Yoga: a traditional way of life restored by India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi

By Kamal Narayan Omer

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the celebration of June 21 as International Yoga Day, during her speech to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, it was not only a defining step towards good health and well-being, but also an invitation for the world to witness the glorious cultural past of a country that has fascinated the world for too long. The proposal was supported by many other countries and the first International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21 June 2015. Since then, the day has been celebrated every year as a significant step towards raising awareness of this age-old practice, which not only embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action, but also the journey to self-discovery and sustainable coexistence with nature.

Exactly eight years ago, the Indian Prime Minister regained his yoga and the world quickly noticed India’s glorious past and its connection to yoga. While the West has long been fascinated by the practice, as Hollywood celebrities swear by it, Narendra Modi has managed to break the hegemonic representation of the centuries-old Indian tradition and rightly claims that the roots of yoga are Indian, a recognition that is long overdue.

While many claim that yoga is the best “Indian export” so far, Modi’s approval of the same has prompted the world, especially the younger generation, to wake up to “Woke Yoga”, thus reaping countless health benefits from established practice. of yoga, involving not only physical activity but also meditation, breathing techniques, leading to the overall development of the body as well as the mind. For many, yoga has become synonymous with the science of maintaining perfect harmony between your mind, body and soul, but it would not be wrong to say that this Indian tradition has much more to offer. For many, it is a way of life that offers salvation from all the negative energy that keeps our minds and thoughts closed, leading to stress and anxiety.

Yoga is also a spiritual journey to self-realization and to a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle. It is the ancient art of living that emphasizes the connection between mind, body and soul, while focusing on the connection between humanity, the universe and their roots and traditions. Yoga also focuses on redemption from the sufferings of our lives, thus providing liberation or Moksha, the best salvation in ancient religious texts. The Indian government’s far-sighted approach to promoting the concept could have far-reaching social and economic benefits for the country as well. The rebranding of yoga as a traditional Indian not only aroused additional interest in yoga, but also ignited interest in India as a country; its culture and traditions. Thus, the initiation of a global movement towards good health, stress-free living and mental happiness in accordance with the environment, so necessary change in the present time.

A stress-free life in the midst of a pandemic

The pandemic saw the world struggling with mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. Covid19 not only made us physically vulnerable, but the mental well-being of a large number of people was also affected. During this time, yoga came to the rest of many who were locked in their homes, fearing the transmission of infection and detached from the comfortable physical affinity of friends and family. Give the much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and time for introspection and contemplation. The breathing techniques offered by yoga have also helped rejuvenate the lungs and increase oxygen levels, thus repairing the damage caused by the infection. The practices of yoga, meditation, and spirituality have served as effective antidotes to the panic, fear, stress, and grief that come with a pandemic. For many who were committed to the yoga tradition during the blockade, it was a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in self-discovery and nurture the meditative space for transformation in our existence.

As the pandemic plunged us into unprecedented waves of social isolation, yoga helped channel it to cultivating liberating frameworks in mysticism and spirituality, to heal and evolve as a human species, to live more harmoniously with nature and the environment. . It focuses on overall well-being, along with promoting sensitivity to society and others. Used effectively, spiritual traditions can help us look into the soul of humanity and transform the economic and social systems disrupted by the pandemic, so yoga can play an important role in recovery plans after a pandemic.

Yoga and global well-being

Practicing yoga on a daily basis can have a positive effect on our lives. It combines physical and mental disciplines to achieve peace of body and mind, while helping to manage stress. In today’s busy world, where stress and anxiety have become an integral part of our daily lives, yoga acts as a catharsis to cleanse our physical and mental facilities from the devastation of the day and refresh us for a new day with energy and vitality. It even helps us with increased flexibility, muscle strength and body tone.

With heart problems, blood pressure problems and mental stress affecting the health of the younger population, yoga can provide an excellent opportunity to keep these foods under control through regular asanas, as well as meditation that helps maintain stress. While the world has embraced this traditional Indian with both hands for physical and mental health, the world needs to look beyond the broader benefits that yoga offers as an ethical and idealistic way of life. Like the Sufi and bhakti traditions of Indian mysticism, yoga emphasizes the love of humanity and living without greed, hatred, jealousy, thus freeing ourselves from vices that have a negative impact on our body and mental well-being. This is a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not just about exercise or physical activity, but also about discovering a sense of oneness with oneself, the world and nature. By changing our way of life and creating awareness around harnessing the power of human energy to achieve the common goal of a better world for all.

Prime Minister Modi, regained the brand’s yoga and led a new global movement with this ancient practice, he showed the way to the world and the time is ripe to seize the opportunity. The sight of a visitor to the office carrying a yoga mat with a laptop has become common not only in the Indian subway, but also in cities such as London and New York. With Indian celebrities lining up and releasing their respective yoga DVDs. Much of the credit for this goes to the Indian Prime Minister, who himself is a firm believer in the health benefits of yoga and wants the world to benefit from it. Although India Inc. has no shortage of followers on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s calls, whether “Make in India” or “Digital India”, there is a whole world of opportunities for Indian companies to realize the business opportunities provided by yoga. According to many estimates, the global yoga industry has become a business with over $ 30 billion.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit ashrams and conduct yoga classes in India every year, thus improving their physical and mental health. With Modi pioneering International Yoga Day through the UN, Today Yoga seems to be one of the world’s strongest brands, strengthening India’s new ambition to become a global center of well-being – through Heal in India. Centuries-old traditional practice can act as a panacea for all the health problems associated with lifestyle that are widespread in the Western world. In addition to the economic perspectives it offers, yoga can open up new perspectives for overall individual well-being, harmonious coexistence and the protection of our environment if practiced as a wider way of life and in a holistic way. With the growing momentum of this year’s theme “Yoga for Humanity”, the message to the world is strong and clear that yoga is a way of life that cannot be discussed, to heal the world not only from the devastation of the pandemic, but also in the transition to one a more humanitarian, inclusive and egalitarian world.

Therefore, in addition to playing a key role in promoting the country’s image as a global center of health and well-being around the world, yoga, if followed with the right body and mind, can work wonders for a more sustainable, greener and a healthier world. ensuring a win-win situation for all.

(The author is the CEO of the IHW Council. The views expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policies of

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