New Delhi: On International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he fully agreed with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres after the latter articulated his views on the importance of yoga.
PM Modi, who led a special yoga session at the UN headquarters in New York on his maiden official visit to the US, wished "may yoga bring us all together".
Earlier, the UN Secretary-General shared a personalised video message on International Yoga Day, saying that yoga not just unites body and mind, but also millions of people across the globe.
He urged people to embrace yoga to build a more harmonious world.
In response to his video address, PM Modi tweeted, "Fully agree with @UN Secretary General @antonioguterres on the importance of Yoga. May Yoga Day bring us all closer and improve the health of our planet."
Guterres said, "Yoga offers a haven of calm. It can reduce anxiety and promote mental wellbeing. It helps us to develop discipline and patience. It connects us to our planet, which so badly needs our protection. And it reveals our common humanity - helping us to understand that despite our differences, we are one."
PM Modi mooted the idea of International Yoga Day during his 2014 address to the UN General Assembly.
Since then, yoga has gained huge popularity worldwide due to its ability to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, and overall fitness.
After overseeing the International Yoga Day celebrations in New York, PM Modi is travelling to Washington DC where he will receive a ceremonial welcome at the White House on Thursday.
Later, on Thursday, he would call on President Joe Biden.