Norwegian Envoy Hails Yoga As India’s ‘Greatest Gift’ To The World

by Daisy

Her statement follows Prime Minister Modi’s online message on the upcoming International Day of Yoga.

New Delhi: Echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sentiments on the unifying power of yoga, Norway’s Ambassador to India, May-Elin Stener, has described yoga as one of India’s greatest gifts to the world.


Responding to Prime Minister Modi’s social media post ahead of the 10th International Day of Yoga, set to be celebrated globally on June 21, Ambassador Stener shared a video and photos of herself practicing yoga.


In his post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Prime Minister Modi emphasized that yoga transcends cultural and geographical boundaries, bringing together millions worldwide in the pursuit of holistic well-being. “In ten days from now, the world will mark the 10th International Day of Yoga, celebrating a timeless practice that embodies oneness and harmony,” he wrote. “Yoga has transcended cultural and geographical boundaries, uniting millions across the globe in the pursuit of holistic well-being.”


Ambassador Stener responded enthusiastically on X, saying, “Agree PM @narendramodi, #yoga is one of India’s greatest gifts to the world! Here I am, aiming to master the headstand. I started #yogalife when posted @NorwayUN & it gives me the chance to level up! Are you with me? It’s #internationalyogaday, so let’s do a #yoga challenge!”

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi urged people to recommit to incorporating yoga into their daily lives. He also shared a series of videos demonstrating various yoga postures and their benefits. “As Yoga Day approaches, I am sharing a set of videos that will offer guidance on various Asanas and their benefits. I hope this inspires you all to practice yoga regularly,” he posted on X.

In another series of posts, he reiterated the importance of yoga in everyday life, encouraging everyone to embrace the practice. “As we approach this year’s Yoga Day, it is essential to reiterate our commitment to making yoga an integral part of our lives and also encouraging others to make it a part of theirs. Yoga offers a sanctuary of calm, enabling us to navigate life’s challenges with serenity and strength,” he wrote.

The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on June 21 since 2015, following Prime Minister Modi’s proposal to the United Nations General Assembly in 2014 to dedicate a day to this ancient Indian practice. June 21 was chosen for its significance as the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

In 2023, Prime Minister Modi led a special yoga session at the United Nations headquarters in New York, marking the 9th International Day of Yoga. This event entered the Guinness Book of World Records for bringing together the highest number of nationalities performing yoga simultaneously.

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