Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said he wanted yoga to become a people’s movement and a part of school syllabus so that citizens of the country are healthy. Naidu was addressing an event organised at Bandra Reclamation promenade on the occasion of the 4th International Yoga Day.
“Yoga is a valuable gift given by India to the world. It helps build positive energy. Yoga practice helps create positive thoughts. To build a healthy country, we have to incorporate yoga practice as part of the school syllabus. With changing lifestyles, stress can be easily relieved by practising yoga regularly,” Naidu said, speaking in Mumbai. “I want yoga to become a people’s movement because it is not something political or religious, it is for the betterment of our lives.”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who attended the event, also urged youngsters to practise yoga every day.
The event, organised by Spandan Art, an NGO run by BJP’s city unit chief Ashish Shelar, was also attended by employees and officers of the Mumbai police and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Union minister Babul Supriyo, Mumbai police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar, BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta, and MP Poonam Mahajan were present, along with other dignitaries.
The BMC organised yoga events across the city, in which 1.5 lakh students and 15,000 teachers and staff from civic schools took part, performing yoga for 45 minutes, conducted by Physical Training (PT) teachers. Yoga is part of the civic school curriculum. Yoga Day was also observed in schools, colleges and universities across Maharashtra.