UN deputy chief hails benefits of Yoga

Added On June 22, 2019

On Thursday, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said that yoga has the potential to transform human behavior for the benefit of society and the environment.
Mohammed made the remarks at an event to mark the fifth International Day of Yoga, which falls on June 21st. Lifestyles has more.
SOUNDBITE (English): AMINA MOHAMMED, UN Deputy Secretary-General
"Yoga is known for its numerous benefits, from reducing stress to promoting physical and mental well-being and productivity. But it is also much more than that. The essence of yoga is balanced not only within us, but also within our relationship with humanity, with the world."
Yoga's popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, and millions of people around the world practice it today.
Mohammed pointed out that the practice of yoga can also guide people towards a more sustainable and inclusive lifestyle.
SOUNDBITE (English): AMINA MOHAMMED, UN Deputy Secretary-General
"And it has a valuable contribution in making and addressing climate change, the defining issue of our time, by inspiring us to shift away from the unsustainable practices, towards inclusive, green growth, conscious consumption, and much more sustainable lifestyles."
Mohammed also said that the observance of the International Day of Yoga could lift up this exercise from an individual practice to a joint global action.
Thursday's event attracted hundreds of enthusiasts who practiced yoga at the UN General assembly hall.