75 lakh people to perform Asanas
New Delhi, Jan. 9 (Delhi Crown): The Ministry of AYUSH will be organizing global “Surya Namaskar Demonstration” programme on Jan. 14, on the occasion of “Makar Sakranti”.
The festival of “Makar Sakranti” marks the journey of the Sun to the Northern Hemisphere.
Nearly 75 lakh people are expected to participate in the global programme.
The mass Surya Namaskar demonstration is also intended to carry the message of climate change and global warming.
“This occasion commemorates thanksgiving to ‘Mother Nature’ for bestowing health, wealth and happiness. On this day, the ‘Surya Namaskar’ is offered as a salutation to the Sun to exhibit one’s gratitude for each of its rays as it nurtures all living beings,” said an official statement by the Ministry of AYUSH.
It added – “Scientifically, the Surya Namaskar has been known to develop immunity and improve vitality, which is significant to our health during pandemic conditions. Exposure to the Sun further provides the human body with Vitamin D, which has been widely recommended in all medical branches around the world.”
“Further, the event will underline the importance of Makar Sakranti in our cultural and spiritual heritage,” said the statement.
The “Surya Namaskar” is a set of eight Asanas performed in 12 steps with coordination of the body and mind. It is preferably performed in the early morning.