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UN SPOTLIGHTS HEALTH BENEFITS OF YOGA, ANCIENT PRACTICE THAT CAN EASE STRESS OF OUR MODERN 'LAPTOP' LIVES

Thursday, 20th June 2019
Yoga Session in the Geberal Assembly hall Marking the Universal appeal for Yoga or 2017
"Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude inday-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions." That was stated the late B.K.S Ivnegar renown inspirationalspeaker and a practitioner of Yoga.
Recognizing the universal appeal ofyoga, the United Nations today marked the 2017 edition of the International Dayof Yoga, which aims to integrate the benefits of healthy lives and wellbeing essential aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states. The proposal was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly, in which he said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action ... a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature."

The resolution notes "the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health." In this regard, the World Health Organization has also urged its member states to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide, and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.



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