Launch of mYoga app
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the mYoga app on the occasion of the seventh International Day of Yoga. Developed jointly by the Ministry of Ayush, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga and the World Health Organization (WHO), the mYoga app intends to provide yoga training and practice sessions of varying durations to laypersons and enthusiasts alike.
'One world, one health'
The app can be used as a daily yoga companion for persons aged 12-65 years. WHO says the app was developed through review of scientific literature and extensive international expert consultation. "The mYoga app will have yoga training videos in different languages for people across the world. This will help us achieve our 'One World, One Health' motto," said PM Modi in a televised address to the nation earlier on Monday.
How safe is it?
Designed to encourage people to practice quality yoga at the touch of their smartphone, the mYoga app is said to be safe and secure, and doesn't collect any data from users. Currently, it is available in French, English and in Hindi, with more languages to be added in the coming months. Android users can download the mYoga app from Google Play Store.
Yoga during the pandemic
Extolling the many benefits of yoga, the Prime Minister said the ancient Indian practice had seen immense uptake in all corners of the globe, as it not only improved physical health but was also good for mental health. As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, practicing yoga for holistic health benefits is of vital importance, he emphasised.
Not to be used by those above 65
The app states that it is not to be used by people above the age of 65 years, pregnant women and individuals who "have any concerns about health" (pre-existing or current problems/injuries). Users have the option to switch between English and Hindi languages. One does not need to register to use this app.
'Yoga remains a ray of hope'
"When Covid emerged, no country was prepared. At this time Yoga became a source of inner strength. Yoga helps in self-discipline, it inculcated faith in people that they could fight this virus. Frontline warriors told me that they made yoga a tool in fighting the virus," PM Modi said.
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