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"All World Leaders Show Interest, Yoga Economy Creates Employment": PM Modi On 10th IYD Celebration In Srinagar

Nishtha Anushree

Jun 21, 2024, 09:16 AM | Updated 09:16 AM IST

PM Modi takes selfie after Yoga session in Srinagar
PM Modi takes selfie after Yoga session in Srinagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the 10th International Day of Yoga (IYD) event in Srinagar on Friday (21 June). After a 30-minute Yoga session, he addressed the gathering at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre.

Modi recalled previous Yoga Day celebrations and how a record 177 countries endorsed India’s proposal in the United Nations to celebrate International Yoga Day.

He also emphasised the worldwide popularity of Yoga and said, "All world leaders show a keen interest in yoga during their interactions with me." He recalled India awarding a Padma Shree this year to a 101-year-old French yoga teacher.

He further informed that State Medical Universities in Turkmenistan have included yoga therapy, Saudi Arabia has made it a part of their education system and Mongolian Yoga Foundation is running many yoga schools.

He talked about a new Yoga Economy and mentioned yoga retreats, resorts, dedicated facilities for yoga at airports and hotels, yoga apparel and equipment, personal yoga trainers, and companies, etc. creating new avenues of employment.

He emphasised scientific aspects of Yoga and its importance for coping with information overload and maintaining focus. "Yoga helps us realize that our welfare is related to the welfare of the world around us," he added.

Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.

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