The government has decided to accord special status to Yoga by categorising its promotion as a charitable activity, an announcement which evoked an enthusiastic response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the presentation of the Budget 2015-16 in Parliament on Saturday.
For her role as Ella in Disney's forthcoming movie "Cinderella", actress Lily James prepared herself by indulging in yoga as well as reading on people like Indian icon Mahatma Gandhi, known for his non-violence movement against British rule.
Health Minister JP Nadda on Sunday said that yoga has a very important role to play in preventing non-communicable diseases like cancer and hypertension and said that the government has given much importance to it in the new health policy presently in the public domain.
The Centre would soon come up with a new National Health Policy with special emphasis on AYUSH - Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy system - Union Minister Shripad Naik said here Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday asked the National Cadet Corps to try and create a world record by doing yoga across the country at the same time on June 21, the 'International Day of Yoga', as declared by United Nations last month.