On the occasion of 4th International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a nature center here and asserted that he was hopeful that the ancient Indian physical and mental practice can become a binding force for the world.
PM Modi inaugurated the 'YO1 Nature Cure Center' in the Catskills area of New York through a video link on Thursday.
"I am happy that you have chosen the International Day of Yoga, for the inauguration of this Nature Cure Centre. I hope that this Centre shall strive to strongly integrate elements of Yoga, in all its programmes and initiatives," PM said.
"Traditional Indian knowledge systems, such as Yoga and Ayurveda, help us stay healthy. They guide us to overcome inherent weaknesses of both body and mind. These are systems, which treat individuals with care and respect. Their approach is neither intrusive nor abrupt. It often comes as a refreshing change to those used to conventional treatment therapies," Modi added.
"I have always believed that Yoga has no religion. It contains practical steps which can benefit everyone, even those who do not consider themselves religious. Modern Yoga practices often include various elements of ancient wisdom. These include moral and ethical principles, postures designed to keep the body fit, spiritual philosophy, instruction by a guru, chanting of mantras, quieting the breath and stilling the mind through meditation," PM further said.
The Indian Consulate General said YO1 is a "large Indian investment" in New York and will contribute to wellness of New Yorkers.