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Practice yoga with secular mindset, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Yoga should be seen as a set of exercises that can be practised by anyone, says Vijayan

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Pinarayi Vijayan
Pinarayi Vijayan

Chief Minister on Wednesday said was not a part of any religion and it should be practised with a free and secular mind.

"Some people have been trying to hijack by reciting 'suktas' (hymns) and such attempts should be checked. was in existence even before these hymns,"he said after inaugurating the state-level observance of at the Central Stadium here.

He also said a comprehensive programme to teach yoga in state schools would be drawn up soon.

"Yoga is not a religious ritual. There should not be any misunderstanding that it is part of any religion. Yoga should be practised with a free and secular mindset," the CPI (M) leader said.

The chief minister also said yoga should be seen as a set of exercises that can be practised by anyone.

"There has been a conscious attempt to create misunderstanding about yoga. Any move to connect yoga with any particular religion should be checked," Vijayan said.

Besides Vijayan, Social Justice Minister K K Shylaja, Congress MLA V S Sivakumar and Mayor V K Prashanth were among those present at the event.

Meanwhile, Governor Justice (retd) P Sathasivam led the yoga day celebrations at the Raj Bhavan here and Union Minister Nirmala Sitaraman took part in an event in Palakkad.

First Published: Wed, June 21 2017. 15:57 IST
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