Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday recommended making yoga part of the school curriculum and said doing so is necessary in the wake of changing lifestyles and growing incidence of non-communicable diseases.
Vice President Naidu was speaking at an event to mark the International Day of Yoga organised by the Ministry of Ayush and Brahma Kumaris at the iconic Red Fort in New Delhi.
“At a time when people are encountering tremendous pressures in daily lives, there is a great need to introduce the subtle science of yoga, which everyone can use not just to achieve physical well-being, but also to lead a better life by making enlightened choices,” he said.
“Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India possibly around the fifth century. We need to propagate and preserve this holistic practice by making it a part of the school curriculum as it not only ensures physical fitness and mental equilibrium but also inculcates discipline,” he said.
The Vice President said it’s all the more necessary in the wake of changing lifestyles and growing incidence of non-communicable diseases in the country.
“The time has come that we must go back to the old ways of living. These lifestyle changes are damaging our younger generation. There’s no physical activity, no spiritual activity. We are all craving for prosperity and temporary pleasure,” he said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, dressed in a white tracksuit, led yoga day celebrations at the Parliament premises today.
Along with staffers, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, BJP MPs Locket Chatterjee, Poonamben Maadam and Bhupendra Yadav, and former aviation minister Suresh Prabhu were among those who participated in the celebrations at the Parliament premises.
More than 400 people participated in the event which was conducted by two trainers from 7 am to 8 am.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the country-wide celebrations in Ranchi where around 40,000 enthusiasts stretched an extra muscle in various yogic exercises at the Prabhat Tara ground.
In Delhi, the celebrations played out at several venues — from the sprawling Rajpath and the lawns of Red Fort to municipal parks, hospitals, gardens and offices with thousands of enthusiastic Delhiites performing asanas.