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"Some people have been trying to hijack yoga by reciting 'suktas' (hymns) and such attempts should be checked. Yoga was in existence even before these hymns,"he said after inaugurating the state-level observance of International Yoga Day at the Central Stadium here.
He also said a comprehensive programme to teach yoga in state schools would be drawn up soon.
The chief minister also said yoga should be seen as a set of exercises that can be practised by anyone.
Besides Vijayan, Kerala Social Justice Minister K K Shylaja, Congress MLA V S Sivakumar and Mayor V K Prashanth were among those present at the event.