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article imageUNGA set to informally discuss 'International Day of Yoga'

By Sravanth Verma     Oct 10, 2014 in World
The United Nations General Assembly is set to hold informal consultations next week on a draft resolution titled "International Day of Yoga".
The idea that was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his maiden address at the UNGA in New York on September 27, during his five-day visit to the United States. Modi had suggested that the UN adopt an International Yoga Day, since yoga was a means to uniting body, mind and one's external environment.
Modi had spoken in Hindi, and a translation of his speech said, "Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day," Modi said. "Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being." Modi had even suggested that this change in attitude could play a big part in preventing climate change.
Yoga is an integral part of Hinduism, that developed in India several thousand years ago. It is seen as a path to moksha, the Sanskrit word for enlightenment or liberation from the repeated cycles of birth and death that every individual is said to go through thanks to the law of karma and reincarnation. In the last few decades, yoga has gained huge popularity in the West, and the United States alone is thought to have 20 million yoga practitioners.
The session according to the UN schedule is set for "Tuesday, 14 October 2014, from 15:00 to 17:00, in Conference Room 9". The discussions are titled, "Informal consultations on the draft resolution entitled “International Day of Yoga’’ (under agenda item 124) (convened by the delegation of India)".
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