Days ahead of the fifth International Yoga Day on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken to Twitter to spread awareness among the citizens on the importance of Yoga and various asanas in the exercise. Sharing yet another video of his animated version doing Vrikshasana on Friday, PM Modi wrote to Twitter, on the importance of the asana for the development of our mind and body.
In the 3D animation video, the Prime Minister's animated version can be seen doing Vrikshasana or the Tree Pose which is a balancing asana. Explaining the benefits of the asana to strengthen leg muscles, curing vertigo, obesity and arthritis. The video ends with the sentence, " Yoga for global peace harmony and wellness."
In his Twitter post, PM Modi wrote: "How beneficial is the Vrikshasana for our body and brain? Let's see in this video..."
June 21 has been designated as World Yoga Day following PM Modi's suggestion in his speech at the UN General Assembly in 2014, months after he was first elected to office. Since then, not only India, but the world celebrates Yoga Day with thousands participating in mass Yoga events across the world.
On June 5, Prime Minister wrote, "On June 21, we will mark Yoga Day 2019. I urge you all to make yoga an integral part of your life and also inspire others to do the same. The benefits of Yoga are tremendous."
In the run-up to the Yoga day last year, Prime Minister posted a video of his morning exercise and yoga on June 13, 2018 from his official residence 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi. The video on the twitter was posted following his acceptance to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s popular ‘Fitness Challenge’. The fitness challenge was the brainchild of the then Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who on May 22 had initiated a social media campaign to encourage Indians to exercise more. Rathore tagged a few celebrities, including Kohli, to take up his challenge, upload a video as proof, and pay it forward by nominating others for the task.
In 2015, India created two world records on International Yoga Day when PM Modi led the participants at Rajpath in Delhi and recorded the largest yoga class with 35,985 people.