House of Commons
6th International Yoga Day
EDM #611
Tabled 16 June 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House celebrates the 6th International Day of Yoga on 21 June 2020, first adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 with the unprecedented support of 177 countries; notes that, at a time when we are recovering from a worldwide pandemic, the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India in proposing this annual international event in 2014, have a great relevance - Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, harmony between man and nature, a holistic approach to health and well-being, a means to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature; further notes that extensive medical research has shown that yoga has proven health benefits for a wide range of physical and mental problems; asserts that yoga is an effective means of maintaining good health and preventing ill health and offers a sustainable and cost-effective means for people to take care of themselves; recognises that yoga empowers patients and restores them as agents of their own health and healing; urges that yoga be included in the prevention and well-being initiatives within the National Health Service both for patients and for staff; and calls on the Government to introduce a Chair of Yoga in all medical schools so that the rising generation of medical students gain a thorough grounding in this traditional and timeless knowledge of health and wellbeing.

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