Yoga not part of religion, says Acharya


Guwahati: On the eve of International Day of Yoga on Tuesday, governor PB Acharya urged people to take yoga out of the purview of religion and make it an integral part of life. He also appealed to schools, colleges, universities, NGOs, student organizations, trade unions and the general public to participate in International Day of Yoga celebrations in the city.

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"Yoga is not a religion. It is the science of well-being and youthfulness which integrates body, mind and soul," Acharya said in his message to the people of Assam. To live a better and healthy life, everyone should include yoga in their daily routine, he added.

He urged people in his state to make the International Day of Yoga a mass movement. "India has every reason to be proud of its forefathers' wisdom and knowledge in making a person healthy in body and mind," the governor said.

"Modern life is full of stress and problems which put a lot of pressure on the human body. These cause diseases like obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. Yoga plays a vital role in ensuring physical and mental well-being. It offers the cheapest and most harmless solution to these problems," he explained.

"Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga, you can write poetry too," he said.

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