ISRO to organize ‘Yoga for Space’ as part of International Day of Yoga 2024

As part of International Day of Yoga celebrations this year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is organizing a unique initiative ‘Yoga for Space’. All scientists and officials of ISRO will perform Yoga together as per the Common Yoga Protocol guidelines. The team from the Gaganyaan project will also join the programme by practising Yoga on the occasion.

This was revealed by Prataprao Jadhav, Union Minister of State for Ayush (Independent charge) while addressing media at the curtain raiser press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday ahead of the 10th Edition of International Day of Yoga. Mr Jadhav emphasized that this year’s theme ‘Yoga for Self and Society’ highlights yoga's dual role in fostering individual and societal well-being. "Yoga nurtures physical, mental, and spiritual growth while promoting societal harmony," the minister stated.

Elaborating on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's role in realising the International Day of Yoga, Mr Jadhav said that getting the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to agree to the Prime Minister's proposal of observing 21st June every year as International Day of Yoga was an important diplomatic victory for India at the international level. 

Since 2015, PM has led the IDY celebrations at various iconic locations, including Kartavya Path in Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ranchi, Jabalpur, and even the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year's IDY celebrations will be held in Srinagar, with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi once again at the helm. Mr Jadhav also announced that the Prime Minister has written to each Gram Pradhan, encouraging grassroots participation and the spread of yoga in rural areas.

The AYUSH Minister launched a ‘Common Yoga Protocol Book in Braille’ script to support the visually impaired to learn and practice Yoga with convenience. He also launched Professor Ayushman's comic on Yoga. “This book will help children to learn and practice yoga with interest and entertainment”, Mr Jadhav stated.

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