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We need to change our lifestyles. Energy not consumed is the cleanest energy. We can achieve the same level of development, prosperity and well being without necessarily going down the path of reckless consumption. It doesn’t mean that economies will suffer; it will mean that our economies will take on a different character. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change and more.

Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India)

Qatar also recognizes the health benefits of yoga practice.

Alanoud Qassim M. A. Al-Temimi (representative in NY for Qatar)

Commercialized forms must stay true to traditional yoga, noting that it was important to realize yoga as a long-term approach to enhancing health.

Durga Prasad Bhattarai (representative in NY for Nepal)

The International Day of Yoga should not only promote health and evolution, but also clarity of vision and action.  That, in turn, could help prevent contradictions, which often generated confusion while making rules and promoting laws.  The Day should be fully supported and yoga should become a part of daily life for all.

Angelo Antonio Toriello (representative in NY for Sao Tome and Principe)

The practice of Yoga has a holistic effect.  As the world struggles with challenges of modern life, yoga could achieve a needed balance.  I hope the intrinsic beauty of yoga would not be diluted by sheer commercialization in Western countries.

Palitha T. B. Kohona (representative in NY for Sri Lanka)

The International Day of Yoga shall bring attention to yoga’s holistic benefits.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Yoga can contribute to resilience against non-communicable diseases.

Yoga can bring communities together in an inclusive manner that generates respect.

Yoga can contribute to development and peace. It can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon