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Respected Principal, teachers, and my dear friends.

A wonderful morning to all of you.

Today I am going to talk about a very important physical exercise, Yoga. Today is Yoga Day.

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Yoga originated in ancient India. It is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices. It can also be explained as an exercise that helps us maintain all the elements in our body. In addition, it helps us to relax our body and meditate.

Yoga has numerous benefits. It keeps away many ailments from our bodies such as anxiety and stress. It also strengthens our bodies. It sharpens our minds and improves our intelligence too. With regular practice, one can develop self-discipline and self-awareness with yoga.

Yoga improves flexibility and builds muscle strength. This way it protects us from conditions like arthritis and back pain. Hence, it is not just about staying slim but much more than that.

Yoga was derived from India, thousands of years ago. Earlier, it was mainly saints who used to practice it for attaining peace and to stay fit and strong. But as the awareness of its benefits increased, everyone started practicing it. From kids to elders. Even schools have started incorporating yoga in their sports curriculum.

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21st June is celebrated as an international yoga day and people are made aware of the benefits of yoga on this day. From 2015 every year internal yoga day is celebrated throughout the globe. This year 2020 its sixth international yoga day. It has several benefits and anyone can avail of these benefits at any age. There are different asanas for people of all ages. Such as Kapal Bhati, Pranayayam, Surya namaskar, etc.

Yoga helps us to live a healthy life in a natural way. If we practice yoga properly and regularly, we can get rid of the use of artificial things to stay healthy. Such as medicines and other drugs.

The best time to practice yoga is early morning and it can be practiced in the evening too. Some asanas are time-bound such as Surya namaskar (sun salutation). It benefits the most when done in the morning in front of the Sun.

In short, Yoga has so many benefits that it has become famous around the world. Different countries are practicing yoga and we should be proud to share our this rich cultural heritage.

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Thank you to all the listeners.

Question on Yoga Day

What is the importance of yoga day?

The idea of International Day of Yoga was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UNGA in 2014. It helps to cure disease like blood pressure, diabetes, chronic pain, alleviating physical injuries etc.

What is the theme for Yoga Day 2019?

The theme for International Yoga Day 2019 is Climate Action celebration on 20 June 2019 and panel discussion on 21 June 2019.

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