International Day of Yoga amid a pandemic

Sunday marks the International Day of Yoga, which has been celebrated annually since 2015. The idea was first suggested by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly. His proposal received support from 175 member states and was officially recognized by the U.N..

"Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action ... a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature." Modi said.

People who practice yoga say it's much more than about health. It also helps raise awareness of living in peace with others and maintaining harmony between humans and nature.

The stay-at-home orders and social distancing rules imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives around the world. Check out how people are celebrating the International Day of Yoga this year.

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