UN Resident Coordinator | Message on International Yoga Day
21 June 2021
This year, International Day of Yoga focuses on “Yoga for well-being” - how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual
On behalf of the UN in Zimbabwe, it is my pleasure to greet you on International Yoga Day, celebrated here in Zimbabwe in collaboration with the Embassy of India.
This year, International Yoga Day comes at a time where the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt many lives and livelihoods.
COVID-19 and the restrictions necessary to control it, can have some adverse impacts on physical and mental health. Ands that is how practices like Yoga come in.
In many ways, Yoga is a wonderful companion in lockdown. In times of heightened stress, anxiety and uncertainty, promoting both our physical and mental well-being has never been more relevant.
There are growing numbers of people around the world embracing Yoga to strengthen both their physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognizing this important role of Yoga, this year’s commemoration of the International Day of Yoga focuses on “Yoga for well-being” - how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual.
The World Health Organization lists Yoga as an important way to improve health in its Global action plan on physical activity: more active people for a healthier world.
UNICEF also reminds us that children can practice many yoga poses without any risk and get the same benefits of increased flexibility and fitness, mindfulness, and relaxation as adults do.
This day is a reminder to all of us to embrace Yoga for a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing.
I encourage us all to integrate yoga into our daily activities.