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Transgenders perform yoga on June 21 with PM Modi, say they 'feel honoured'

The 8th International Day of Yoga was special in many respects. This year, many transgenders, specially-abled persons and orphans got a chance to do yoga with Prime Minister Modi for the first time

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Transgenders perform yoga on June 21 with PM Modi, say they 'feel honoured'

The 8th International Day of Yoga was special in many respects. This year, many transgenders, specially-abled persons and orphans got a chance to do yoga with Prime Minister for the first time.

As many as 15 participated in the yoga event on Tuesday at Karnataka's Mysuru.

These considered this moment as a milestone in their lives and said that they have faith in PM Modi that he make their lives better by introducing a good scheme for their community.

Speaking to ANI, Pranati Prakash (Transgender) said, "Today our enthusiasm is high. We never thought that we will perform yoga with PM Modi. People look down upon us. We are glad to be invited to the yoga event with the Prime Minister. For this, we practised yoga for the last 15 days. We were also given training. After which 15 were selected for the event."

Pranati said that the number of transgenders in Mysore earlier was close to two thousand. "Due to a lack of employment opportunities here, a large number of transgenders moved to other cities including Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, and Hyderabad. Today only 15 transgenders have come from our community. We will be participating in more such programs in the coming years."

Nisha, another transgender participating in the event said, "It's a different day for us. During the COVID pandemic, we faced a financial crisis. That time, we were provided free rations through PM Modi's free ration scheme. We have defeated COVID with the free vaccines arranged by PM Modi. Today, we feel honoured to be invited to a program of this stature."

Along with transgenders, 200 specially-abled and 100 orphan children also participated in the 8th International Day of Yoga in Mysuru.

Mysuru resident and specially-abled Anjesh, who participated in the yoga event said, "I am very happy to witness a historic day like this."

Ratna, an orphan, who was part of the event, said, "It is a matter of pride to do yoga with PM Modi. Millions of people have won the war against COVID with yoga. Therefore, everyone should definitely do yoga."

On the occasion of the International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister on Tuesday said that yoga is becoming a way of life and has become a source of inspiration for health, balance and cooperation.

The Prime Minister remarked that India is celebrating Yoga Day at a time when the country is celebrating its 75th year of independence, "the Amrit Mahotsav." This widespread acceptance of Yoga Day is the acceptance of that "Amrit spirit of India which gave energy to India's freedom struggle."Mass Yoga demonstrations are being organised at 75 iconic locations across the country which have been witness to the glorious history of India and have been the centre of cultural energy."

The experience of collective yoga at the historical sites of India is like tying together India's past, India's diversity, and India's expansion", he elaborated.

He also informed about the novel programme 'Guardian Yoga Ring' which is a collaborative exercise between 79 countries and United Nations organisations along with Indian Missions abroad to illustrate Yoga's unifying power that surpasses national boundaries.

As the sun apparently moves from the east to the west across the world, the Mass Yoga Demonstrations in the participating countries, if seen from any one point on Earth, will seem to be happening one after the other, almost in tandem, thus underlining the concept of 'One Sun, One earth'. "These practices of yoga are giving wonderful inspiration for health, balance and cooperation", he added.

Prime Minister on Tuesday performed yoga at the main event of the eighth edition of the International Day of Yoga in the heritage city of Mysuru in Karnataka.

More than 15,000 people participated in the Yoga celebrations along with the Prime Minister at the Mysore Palace grounds.

Prime Minister said the yogic energy, which has been nurtured for centuries by the spiritual centers of India like Mysuru, is today giving direction to global health. Today yoga is becoming a basis for global cooperation and is providing a belief of a healthy life to mankind, he added.

"Yoga has now become a global festival. Yoga is not only for any individual but for the entire humanity. Therefore, this time the theme of the International Day of Yoga is - Yoga for humanity", PM Modi said. He thanked the United Nation and all the countries for taking this theme globally.

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Union Minister for Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal, officials of the Ministry of Ayush and the Government of Karnataka and other dignitaries performed yoga at the event.

Addressing the gathering here, PM Modi said, "This whole universe starts from our own body and soul. The universe starts from us. And, yoga makes us conscious of everything within us and builds a sense of awareness. Yoga brings peace for us. The peace from yoga is not merely for individuals. Yoga brings peace to our society. Yoga brings peace to our nations and the world. And, yoga brings peace to our universe."

He said that yoga is not only for any individual but for the entire humanity.

This year the theme for the celebration is "yoga for humanity".Prime Minister's yoga programme at Mysuru is also part of the novel programme 'Guardian Yoga Ring' which is a collaborative exercise between 79 countries and United Nations organisations along with Indian Missions abroad to illustrate yoga's unifying power that surpasses National boundaries.

As the sun apparently moves from the east to the west across the world, the Mass Yoga Demonstrations in the participating countries, if seen from any one point on Earth, will seem to be happening one after the other, almost in tandem, thus underlining the concept of 'One Sun, One earth'.

Keeping the overarching theme of the 75 years of India's independence the Ministry for Ayush also identified 75 locations for Union Ministers to participate in the Yoga Day celebration.

This year International Day of Yoga 2022 witnessed many firsts, including the 'Guardian ring', yoga demonstration by Union cabinet ministers at 75 iconic locations in India and a special digital yoga and static exhibition in Mysuru Dussera Grounds, Mysuru.

The Digital yoga exhibition showcased the latest technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) to project the history and wisdom of yoga. The static exhibition consists of 146 stalls which have been taken up by yoga institutions, Ayush institutions under the ambit of the Government of Karnataka and the Government of India.

According to the Ministry of Ayush, as many as 25 crores of people are expected to participate in International Day of Yoga 2022 celebrations across the world.

Earlier, Yog Guru Ramdev performed yoga at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar. Many children and other people also attend the event.

It was during his speech at the UN General Assembly in September 27, 2014, that Prime Minister first floated the idea of the . The draft resolution passed by India was supported by 177 nations. With universal recognition and the growing popularity of yoga, the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga on December 11, 2014.

The first was celebrated on June 21, 2015.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, June 22 2022. 12:47 IST
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