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International Day Of Yoga 2020: History, Significance And Importance During COVID-19

Yoga has been practiced in India since the 5th century, and it has proven benefits when it comes to keeping the body, mind and the inner being in good shape and sound health. As a physical exercise, it also targets all the different body parts and as a result, the cumulative health of a person takes rapid strides.

At a time, when the world is reeling under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yoga should be practised as it will help fine tune not only the body equilibrium, but keep our mind focused, stable and filled with positivity.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new reality for many of us. It has disrupted lives, created loneliness caused by social distancing as it has also led to increased anxiety caused by economic difficulties, fear of illness and worry about loved ones. This is only natural. This year’s celebration comes amidst this critical context,” United Nation General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said in a virtual message.

He also commemorated the International Day of Yoga this year and said: “we recognise the important benefits of practicing yoga and its potential in helping people deal with increased anxiety due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic.”

Owing to the lockdown and the social distancing norms, this time the mission hosted a virtual ‘Yoga for Health - Yoga at Home’ session on Friday which marked the International Yoga Day. This is extremely significant as the world has been grappling with Covid-19 and it has thrown a the life into a lot of disruption.

T S Tirumurti, who is India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, said the global outbreak of Covid-19 has “upended lives and disrupted lifestyles” of people across the world.

“Studies indicate a rise in depression and anxiety among people due to the difficulty in adapting to such lifestyle changes,” he said.

He went on to add that people have been embracing yoga in order to combat and triumph social isolation and depression during the pandemic.

This year, there has been a concerted effort to collate simple yoga modules which are carefully designed by experienced yoga gurus and all the exercises can be practiced from home across all the age groups.