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Gorakhpur: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that apart from being a medium of being healthy, physically and mentally, Yoga is also an effective medium to achieve global peace and the welfare of humanity.

Speaking on the occasion of the 9th International Yoga Day at a programme organised at Mahant Digvijay Nath Smriti Auditorium on Wednesday, Yogi described Yoga as a precious gift of the Indian sage tradition to the world to achieve global wellness.

He was addressing practitioners and trainees of Yoga before doing it himself on the premises of the Gorakhnath temple.

He also congratulated the people of the state on the occasion of International Yoga Day and expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for re-establishing the prestige of Yoga on the global platform.

The CM said, “PM Modi inspired people at the United Nations to use Yoga for global wellness and peace. Today, about 200 countries of the world are expressing their gratitude towards India’s sage tradition by joining various programmes of Yoga.”

He said that India became a world Guru because everything here is practical and already proven. “Our legacy includes thousands of years of Indian sage tradition and knowledge. We should be proud of our legacy of Yoga. Yoga, which we have been incorporating into our lives for hundreds of years, has now spread to the world and is attracting people from different parts to practice it,” he said.

Yogi said that in the last three-and-a-half years, when the whole world was battling the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian AYUSH system was in great demand on the global platform as people considered it as a source of complete health.

He said, “The Indian AYUSH system has paved the way for the welfare of humanity. The demand for AYUSH is continuously increasing. Those who used to drink tea and cold drinks earlier, began drinking Ayurvedic ‘Kadha’ (decoction) during the Covid period. This is the contribution of Ayush of India. Turmeric is a major part of Indian cuisine and its increasing demand in the world provides a new opportunity for the farmers of India.”

While outlining the significance of Yoga, the CM claimed that ‘Pranayama’ practitioners barely felt the effects of corona even during the deadly second wave of the pandemic when people were having issues related to lungs and facing respiratory problems.

“Even those Pranayama practitioners who got infected by the virus, recovered within a few days of infection for the merits of the Asanas,” he said.

He said that Pranayama not only strengthens people but also serves as a medium of physical purification.

“Similarly, the ‘Yogasanas not only give us stability, but also provide physical strength. Besides, Yoga is the way to enter the spiritual realm which leads to a wider dimension of consciousness,” he said.

Yogi said that Ashtanga Yoga is an important Yoga tradition in which Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi are different activities.

“There are different types of these genres which provide us all with the medium of physical and mental purification,” he said.

He said that Yoga gives relief from all cold, cough disorders. He further emphasised that Yoga is effective in reducing stress, which is common these days because of unhealthy lifestyles.

The CM said, “It relieves anxiety and stress and also controls blood pressure, sugar and I appeal to all the people to make Yoga a part of their regular routines.”

On International Yoga Day, Yogi watched the live address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the programme organised at Mahant Digvijay Nath Smriti Auditorium of Gorakhnath Temple.

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