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The King who believes in the healing power of Yoga, Ayurveda

King Charles III, Britain’s new king, has a strong relationship with India and its ancient traditions


King Charles III, Britain’s new king who ascended the throne after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, has a strong connection to India and its ancient traditions of yoga and Ayurveda.

The 73-year-old king, who has made several visits to India as Prince of Wales over the years, has focused on many of his charitable efforts in India through his British-Asian Trust he established in 2007 to tackle poverty and hardship in India. South Asia.

The king spoke of his “great love for India” when he launched an emergency appeal on COVID last year and helped raise millions during the severe wave of the pandemic in India.

“Like many others, I have a great love for India and have enjoyed many wonderful visits to the country. Indian aid and ingenuity have been a support to other countries during this very difficult time. As India has helped others, we must now help India,” he said at the time. .

It was in the wake of Covid that he thought about the healing and healing power of yoga, which he described as an “accessible practice” that helps manage stress.

“This pandemic has emphasized the importance of preparedness, resilience, and the need for an approach that addresses the health and well-being of the whole individual as part of the community, and does not focus solely on symptoms alone,” he said in a recorded report. A video message for a virtual healthcare event called Wellness After Covid in May last year.

“As part of this approach, evidence-informed therapeutic yoga can contribute to health and healing. Yoga is by its very nature an accessible practice that provides practitioners with ways to manage stress, build resilience and promote healing,” he said.

Back in April 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted at the Science Museum in London to launch the new Ayurveda Center of Excellence, which aims to create a world-class network for evidence-based research on yoga and Ayurveda. It is also believed that his wife Camilla, who is now the queen consort, practices yoga.

As Prince of Wales, Charles has been an outspoken supporter of environmental causes and has been an ardent voice against the ravages of climate change. He has spoken regularly about India’s important role in achieving global climate action goals.

“With India’s global reach and strong private sector, I believe there are some key ways we can work together to accelerate our efforts and build a more sustainable future. First, we need to focus on accelerating the flow of private capital to support the transition,” he said in a speech to the India Global Forum. (IGF) in July last year.

“I know that renewable energy, especially solar energy, is rapidly gaining ground in India and is an excellent example for the rest of the world,” he said.

King also focuses on natural farming techniques and has campaigned for a clear set of “global farm standards” to create sustainable supply chains.

“With agriculture being so critical to the Indian economy, there is a real opportunity to explore how such metrics can support the lives and livelihoods of India’s farmers as well as broader supply chains and markets,” he said in his message at the IGF Summit. .

He added, “As a global hub for technology and innovation, along with its deep connection to nature and harmony, you have a very vital role to play in this effort. Particularly in light of India’s wealth of entrepreneurial talent.”

With his accession to the British throne, Charles also became president of the Commonwealth, an association of 56 independent countries including India and 2.4 billion people. In 14 of these countries, in addition to the United Kingdom, the king is the head of state.

These countries, known as the Commonwealth realms, are: Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu.

As monarch, King Charles III marks a new royal chapter for the United Kingdom with many changes set to take place over the coming days and weeks. For the first time since 1952, the national anthem will be played with the phrase “God Save the King” and new coins will now bear his badge.

The coronation when Charles is officially crowned will be the highest point of his accession. Due to the lengthy preparations required, the coronation is not likely to take place any time soon.

Charles is the oldest and longest serving heir in British history. He would also be the oldest person to become king in British history.

Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after ruling for 70 years. She was 96 years old.

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