As the government gears up to celebrate the maiden International Yoga Day, President Pranab Mukherjee today said the United Nation's decision in this regard will help popularize yoga globally and enable people to benefit from this "priceless Indian heritage". (India To Lead the World on International Yoga Day)At an event where he was presented the first copy of 'Yogikasparsh (yogi's touch)', a yoga manual in Braille to help the visually-impaired, Mukherjee noted that the ancient Indian practice offers "a complete answer to people's need for physical, mental, moral and spiritual well-being".
(70 Groups in US Join Hands to Organise Events on Yoga Day)Speaking about the UN's declaration of June 21 as International Yoga Day, he said, "I am confident this will help popularize yoga globally and enable people to benefit from this priceless Indian heritage." (Five Easy Yoga Poses For Common Health Problems)He said yoga was arguably the most valuable Indian cultural heritage and it was an art, science and philosophy which helps people in self-realization.(About 130 Countries Support India's UN Resolution on Yoga) "Yoga is an art, science and philosophy. It helps to join the powers of body, mind and soul for achieving self-realization. Modern medical science has validated that the practice of yoga not only reduces stress but has multiple long-lasting beneficial effects. Yogic discipline not only helps control the wavering mind but also inspires the pursuit of excellence," he said.(From the Kundalini School of Yoga: An Exercise that Boosts Immunity, Helps Cut Belly Fat)'Yogikasparsh' has been written by Nivedita Joshi, daughter of senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. She said she was bed-ridden by a host of crippling ailments for years before she regained health and vigor with practice of yoga under the guidance of noted guru B K S Iyengar.(Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Perform Yoga at a Public Event) She was long driven by a quest to take yoga to the blind, 39 million globally and one third of them living in India, Joshi said. "This effort will bring so much more light to those who thought they could not move in that direction (of yoga)," she said. "As we prepare to celebrate the International Day of Yoga, it gives me immense satisfaction that the Yoga manual in Braille is being offered as a unique gift to the visually impaired," the President said.