Given the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's International Yoga Day would be celebrated on digital media platforms and there would be no mass gatherings, the government said.
This year's theme is "Yoga at Home and Yoga with the Family". On June 21st, people can take part in the yoga day celebrations at 7 a.m.
Indian missions abroad are trying to reach people through digital media and through the network of institutions that support yoga.
The AYUSH ministry had previously planned to hold a large event in Leh, which had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
In addition, the Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR is trying to raise awareness and inspire people through the video blogging contest "My Life – My Yoga" launched on May 31 by the Prime Minister Prepare the topic and take an active part in observing the International Day of Yoga 2020.
The competition runs on two legs – the first consists of an international video blogging competition, in which the winners are determined within a country. Global award winners follow, selected from various countries.
In order to enter the competition, participants must upload a three-minute video with three yoga practices (Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, Bandha or Mudra), including a short video message / description of how these yoga practices have affected their lives.
You can do it in any language, said AYUSH secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha.
Contributions can be submitted by participants in three categories – teens (men and women under 18), adults (men and women over 18), and yoga professionals, Kotecha said.
So there are a total of six categories. Prizes worth Rs 1 lakh, 50K and 25K for places 1, 2 and 3 in each of the categories will be awarded to participants from India.
Abroad, Indian missions are awarded prizes in every country. On a global level, first, second and third places will receive USD 2,500, USD 1,500 and USD 1,000 cash prizes, as well as trophies and certificates.
The video blogging contest will provide us with a variety of testimonials that will help us publicize yoga and its general benefits not only in terms of health but also in terms of the approach to human life, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddh, president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, said.
"It will also bring the diverse facets of yoga to the fore. Yoga is not just a physical activity, it has physical and emotional health as well and people will share the benefits they have experienced," he said.
The videos can be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the competition hashtag #MyLifeMyYogaINDIA and the corresponding category hashtag.
Mr. Kotecha also said that over 2 lakhs have downloaded the "Sanjivani" mobile application, which was launched on May 7, to collect data on the acceptance and use of AYUSH advocates and measures in the population and their impact on the population Generate prevention of COVID-19.
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