Yoga boosts immunity, PM Modi said in his address to the nation, adding that "a lot of coronavirus patients across the world are benefiting due to yoga". "It gives us the confidence to struggle during the difficult times and emerge victorious. Yoga gives us physical strength and peace of mind," he added.
For the first time since it was instituted on June 21, 2015, coinciding with the Summer Solstice each year, Yoga Day has gone digital this year. No mass gatherings will be held this time.
This year's theme is "Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family".
"We will take all possible measures for our individual and family's health. As a responsible citizen, we will walk forward together. We will try to make 'Yoga at home, Yoga with family' a part of our lives," PM Modi said.
Across India, top personalities are performing yoga at their homes to ensure social distancing amid pandemic.
Here are the Highlights on International Yoga Day:
The International Yoga Day was celebrated in China on Sunday with low-key events owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the tensions along the Line of Actual Control or LAC. China, where yoga has been popular, usually celebrates the occasion with numerous events ever since its inception by the United Nations in 2014.
Yoga practitioners have less chances of getting infected by coronavirus, Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik said on Sunday. Talking to news agency PTI on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, Mr Naik also said the propagation of yoga across the country and the world during the Narendra Modi-led regime has helped in the fight against COVID-19.
Yoga is a heritage of India but the world has embraced it as #InternationalYogaDay on 21st June by UN declaration under the leadership of PM @narendramodi ji. It's more relevant during #COVID19. Greetings to everyone on #Internationalyogaday2020pic.twitter.com/5fgYk74Bad- Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 21, 2020
Yogic science is one of the most amazing contribution of the Hindu genius to the world.- Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) June 21, 2020
Yoga is not physical exercise. It's a philosophical appreciation of the truth - a tool to achieve cosmic union.
Let's not delink Yoga from its spiritual roots.#Internationalyogaday2020pic.twitter.com/fKoGNMvqFG
All of us are doing yoga at home with the family. Yoga unifies people, unifies the world: Message from Hon'ble PM @narendramodi Ji always inspiring us #YogaForAll.- Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) June 21, 2020
My SandArt at Puri beach in Odisha on #InternationalYogaDay . #YogaDay2020#MyLifeMyYogapic.twitter.com/KneLBKeoZK
Yoga is a heritage of India. Under the leadership of PM @narendramodi the world has accepted Yoga in a new way. During #COVID19 significance of Yoga has increased immensely. On this #InternationalYogaDay let us all take a resolution to be healthy by regularly practicing Yoga. pic.twitter.com/BqNLCH8G9Y- Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 21, 2020
Yoga furthers the spirit of oneness. It is not just meditation but a way of life. Celebrated #InternationalYogaDay~ Yoga at home, yoga with family. Sincere gratitude to Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi for popularising the ancient Indian science of yoga. pic.twitter.com/NseKOnyY1x- Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) June 21, 2020
With the initiative taken by Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi the International community accepted this day as Yoga Day 6 years ago. It is now celebrated throughout the world . This year's yoga theme is 'Yoga at home, Yoga with family'.#InternationalYogaDaypic.twitter.com/qaDMs3rjkD- Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 21, 2020
In a message, the Vice President said Yoga helps in improving physical and mental well-being of an individual.- Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) June 21, 2020
He appealed to all countrymen to do yoga & meditation at home regularly to keep fit and stay healthy.#YogaAtHomeYogaWithFamily#InternationalYogaDaypic.twitter.com/06d9nAxpR5
"Yoga is a unifying force, true to its literal meaning. People all around the world, transcending nationalities and cultures, have recognized the immense benefits of Yoga. They have made it a part of their everyday lives," India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu said
सब को अंतरराष्ट्रीय योग दिवस की बधाई! प्राचीन योग विज्ञान मानवता को भारत का अमूल्य उपहार है। मुझे प्रसन्नता है कि अधिकाधिक लोग योग को जीवन में अपना रहे हैं। संघर्ष व तनाव के बीच, विशेष रूप से कोविड-19 के इस दौर में, शरीर को स्वस्थ व मन को शांत रखने में योगाभ्यास सहायक सिद्ध होगा। pic.twitter.com/JOYiiKeMw4- President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 21, 2020
Many congratulations and best wishes to all of you on the 6th #InternationalYogaDay . This day is a day of solidarity and universal brotherhood: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/1h5WOB2b3P- ANI (@ANI) June 21, 2020
योग तन और मन, कार्य और विचार तथा मनुष्य और प्रकृति के बीच सामंजस्य स्थापित करने का एक माध्यम है।- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 21, 2020
सम्पूर्ण मानवता को भारतीय संस्कृति के इस अनमोल उपहार को मोदी जी ने अपने प्रयासों से वैश्विक स्वीकृति प्रदान करवायी जिससे आज पूरे विश्व ने योग को अपनाया है।
योग दिवस की शुभकामनाएँ pic.twitter.com/zY32aAH9t2
Yoga promotes principles of peace, rights and wellbeing that UN is working towards, UN Director-General Tatiana Valovaya said today during the commemoration of 6th International Day of Yoga, reported ANI.
"Yoga promotes principles of peace, rights and wellbeing that UN is working towards. Celebrating #International Yoga Day, we're sending message of unity and connection, one that is of substantial value at time of great challenges but also great opportunities for multilateralism," Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of UN, Geneva, said on Twitter.
Every year International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21. Its sixth edition falls on Sunday, which also happens to have a solar eclipse day in several parts of north India, including Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a message to the nation and participate in an event for International Yoga Day on Sunday online as the occasion is set to be marked on digital media platforms without mass gatherings this time in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.