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Yoga not associated with any religion, says President Kovind

Heartfulness Institute launches 100-day yoga lecture series

President Ram Nath Kovind | PTI President Ram Nath Kovind | PTI

Yoga is not associated with any religion, region or people, but belongs to the entire world and all of humanity, said President Ram Nath Kovind. Speaking at the launch of ‘Yoga for Unity and Wellbeing’ lecture series of Heartfulness Institute on Monday, Kovind stressed on the need to restore the balance between human beings and nature through sustainable methods.

“The concept of health according to yoga goes beyond physical wellbeing. Yoga is an approach to holistic wellbeing which includes physical and mental fitness. Its benefits lead to freedom from psychological stress and bodily ailments. It results in a high level of positive energy. It is also a path to spiritual calmness,” the President said.

According to a press statement issued by Heartfulness, the initiative “aims to unite people across the world by practicing yoga and meditation for 100 days for a healthier and happier life”. People around the world can tune in every morning into a virtual session to learn asanas by instructors of leading Yoga institutes free of charge, it said. The attendees can also listen to the lecture series on every Wednesday and Saturday evening. The series which begins on March 15 will come to end on International Yoga Day on June 21.

The event is supported by the Ministry of Ayush, the UN Information Center- UNIC – India and Bhutan, Yoga for harmony and Peace, and the Association of Indian Universities.

Heartfulness, under the aegis of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, claims to have propagated the modern-day version of the ancient Raja Yoga system of meditation amongst millions of people across 160 countries worldwide.

Speaking at the function, Kamlesh Patel, president of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, said India is home to a multitude of practices to explore one’s purpose in life. “I am proud that the Heartfulness Institute has facilitated the united effort of organisations from across the globe for people to easily learn yoga and meditation,” he said while urging people to attend these sessions.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev; Secretary, Ministry of Ayush Rajesh Kotecha and Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana Founder Chancellor Dr H.R. Nagendra attended the event.

“It is the beginning of a new-era for yoga and meditation in a post-pandemic world. While many have started practicing yoga and its asanas, they are unaware of its full potential to expand our collective consciousness,” said Ramdev. He said the series will not only unify practitioners for the goal of collective well-being but also enable them to explore the full potential of a yogic lifestyle and access to wider base of yoga institutes that have perfected and continue the traditional and authentic methodologies.


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