General Assembly declares International Day of Yoga

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Yoga class. UN Photo/Jorge Aramburu

Yoga has been recognized by the UN General Assembly which on Thursday declared a day for it.

Starting next year, the International Day of Yoga will be observed on 21 June each year, following a resolution unanimously adopted by the Assembly.

The President of the General Assembly welcomed the unanimous adoption in a statement delivered by Ambassador Alvaro Mendonça e Moura of Portugal.

"Today’s adoption of a resolution on the International Day of Yoga with overwhelming support, as shown by the more than 170 member States that have co-sponsored it, demonstrates how both the tangible and the unseen benefits of yoga appeal to people around the world. For centuries, people from all walks of life have practiced yoga, recognizing its unique embodiment of unity between mind and body." (28")

The President of the General Assembly congratulated Indian Prime Minister Shri Narenda Modi who proposed the day when he addressed the Assembly in September.

Prime Minister Modi said that yoga had therapeutic powers that could change people's lifestyle and help tackle global problems.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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