International Yoga Day 2021 LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 6.30am today on the occasion of the seventh International Day of Yoga. The theme of the International Yoga Day event this year is ‘Yoga for wellness’. In view of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the event this year will be a televised one and is scheduled to start early. After Prime Minister Modi addresses the International Yoga Day event, the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga will follow up with a live demonstration of yoga from 7am to 7:45am. Union minister Kiren Rijiju will also address the programme today.
As many as 15 spiritual leaders and yoga gurus will be delivering their messages to the audience. The spiritual leaders include — Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Dr. HR Nagendra, Kamlesh Patel, Dr. Veerendra Hegde, Dr. Hamsaji Jayadeva, OP Tiwari, Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Dr. Chinmay Pandey, Muni Shri Sagar Maharaj, Swami Bharat Bhushan, Dr. Vishwas Mandalik, Sister BK Shivani, S Sridharan, and Antoinette Rozi.
Yoga Day will be observed in as many as 190 countries around the world, according to reports, and Missions of India abroad will be coordinating various activities with the administrations in the respective countries for the run-up to the event.
The seventh International Day of Yoga comes at a time when the world is fighting COVID-19. The Ministry of Ayush, the nodal ministry for IDY, has highlighted the important role of yoga in one's overall wellbeing, through various activities organised in the run up to the IDY.
The observance of Yoga Day is timely as health is foremost in the thoughts of one and all following the Covid emergency. It is significant that the key purpose behind the United Nations recognising June 21 as the IDY was to underline the potential of yoga in public health globally.
As in previous years, the IDY observation on June 21 will consist of individuals participating in large numbers in the harmonious demonstration and performance of yoga.