In pictures: India celebrates 7th International Day of Yoga; President, Union ministers perform yoga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of the M-Yoga app for yoga training videos that will be available worldwide in different languages

In pictures: India celebrates 7th International Day of Yoga; President, Union ministers perform yoga

People perform Yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day at Red Fort, in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

New Delhi, June 21

As India is celebrating the seventh International Day of Yoga, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, several union ministers and citizens across the country performed Yoga on the occasion today.

However, the nation witnessed muted celebrations, and events were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also read: Yoga remains 'ray of hope' as world fights Covid: Modi

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, state Ministers and others perform Yoga in Shimla on Monday. Tribune Photo/Amit Kanwar

President Ram Nath Kovind performed yoga at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Taking on Twitter, the President termed Yoga as ‘India’s great gifts to the world’.

Also read: In pictures: Chandigarh, Mohali residents mark Yoga Day

“International Day Of Yoga greetings! Our ancient seers’ vision of bringing mind-body together to achieve holistic health and happiness has benefited millions over millennia. One of India’s great gifts to the world, it can be especially helpful during Covid-19,” President Kovind tweeted with the has tag ‘BeWithYogaBeAtHome’.

Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel performing Yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day at Red Fort, in New Delhi, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu performs Yoga at his official residence in Delhi with his wife Usha to mark the occasion.

Also read: Gurugram residents mark Yoga Day

“This year’s theme ‘Yoga for well-being’ reflects the need to practice Yoga regularly for our holistic wellness as yoga improves both our physical and mental health,” tweeted the Vice President.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation on the occasion, announced the launch of the M-Yoga app for yoga training videos that will be available worldwide in different languages and said that the application will play a ‘great role’ in expanding yoga across the globe.

Also read: CM Jai Ram Thakur leads Yoga Day celebrations in Himachal's Shimla

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan performed Yoga at Maharaja Agrasen Park in Delhi.

People perform yoga at a green belt in Sector 38 West, Chandigarh to celebrate international Yoga Day. Tribune photo.

“Relevance of Yoga has increased during the COVID-19. Yoga has helped us to maintain our physical and mental health. We should make Yoga or other physical activities a part of our daily life. These will help us to increase our immunity against coronavirus,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

Union Defence Minister also greeted the world on the occasion of International Yoga Day and urged people to integrate Yoga in daily lives.

“Greetings to everyone on #YogaDay . Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that has now become extremely popular worldwide. Yoga helps a person in achieving greater mental and physical well-being. Integrate Yoga in your daily life for all-around health and wellbeing. #YogaForWellness,” he tweeted.

Member of Sonia Vihar Water Sports Club perform Yoga on the Yamuna river on the occasion of International Yoga Day in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo/ Mukesh Aggarwal

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari performed Yoga as part of the ‘Yoga An Indian Heritage’ Campaign in Maharashtra’s Nagpur.

Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel performed Yoga at Red Fort in the national capital.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi performed Yoga in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur.

MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Thakur also took part in the celebrations and performed Yoga at his residence in Delhi.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad performed Yoga in Patna.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also performed Yoga at Aguada Fort on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

This year, the theme of the occasion is ‘Yoga For Wellness’, and will focus on practising Yoga for physical and mental well-being.

Since 2014, the occasion has been observed in mass gatherings in different parts of the country.

The observation of IDY is a global activity and the preparatory activities normally start 3-4 months before June 21. Millions of people are introduced to Yoga in the spirit of a mass movement as part of IDY observation every year.

Yoga celebrations were held virtually last year as well due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)

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