Yoga in schools can help build healthy nation, says Venkaiah

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Jun 2018 09:24:40




Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday stressed on the need to include Yoga in school curriculum’s to “create a healthy nation”.

Participating in an International Yoga Day event at the Bandra Reclamation Sealink Promenade here, he said that the ancient Indian discipline was an invaluable gift to the world from India. “The practice of Yoga is important for positive thoughts. If it is included in the school curriculum it is possible to create a healthy nation. Yoga also helps in relief from stress due to the changing lifestyles,” Naidu said.

The Vice-President also said that yoga adopts a holistic approach towards health and well-being and it has “nothing to do with religion”.
“Yoga adopts a holistic approach towards health and well-being. Yoga has nothing to do with religion and it is a holistic science embodying the basic principle of organic, interconnectedness of different facets of life,” he said. “It is unfortunate that some people attribute religious overtones to this ancient scientific system.”

He emphasised that yoga should become a part and parcel of people’s daily routine to combat modern-day health problems, both physical and mental.
“There is also a misconception that yoga is only a sort of physical exercise meant to help the fitness of an individual... It is a holistic system where the mind and body act in unison and get completely rejuvenated as physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation help in overall well-being of an individual,” he said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also performed asanas at the event, said Yoga, an ancient science, was important in the modern day world. Youngsters need to practice Yoga for a good and healthy life, he said.

BJP MP from North Central Mumbai Poonam Mahajan, local MLA and Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar and Union Minister Babul Supriyo also participated in the Yoga event held in suburban Bandra. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao took part in a special Yoga session organised by Kaivalyadhama and The Yoga Institute on the occasion of the fourth International Day for Yoga at the Raj Bhavan here.