Yoga not a political activity or religion but science, says Venkaiah Naidu

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, he said, "The world needs happiness not only prosperity, and certainly material gains cannot alone bring happiness, there is more to it and that is exactly what Lord Shiva teaches us. Adiyogi is the one who first transmitted the yogic science to humanity."

Yoga not a political activity or religion but science, says Venkaiah Naidu
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Coimbatore: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu joined devotees in celebrating Mahashivaratri at Isha Yoga Center on Friday (February 21) and exhorted them to practice Yoga calling it a science and an ancient art form. 

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, he said, "The world needs happiness not only prosperity, and certainly material gains cannot alone bring happiness, there is more to it and that is exactly what Lord Shiva teaches us. Adiyogi is the one who first transmitted the yogic science to humanity."

Speaking about the importance of practising Yoga, he said, "Yoga is not a religion, it is a science. It brings you peace, it is an ancient art. We must all now get back to Yoga. I am happy that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the initiative to take Yoga to the United Nations. Now Yoga is catching up. Thanks to the initiative of the Prime Minister."

"Yoga is not political activity, we should not see it from a political or a religious prism, Yoga is not because of Modi, it is for your body," he further said. 

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey also extended his wishes to the people on Mahashivratri while speaking to reporters here. When asked about the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Delhi`s Shaheen Bagh, the minister said, "The atmosphere which is being created against the CAA is very unfortunate, the Opposition parties including Congress must understand that. People who are doing it are insulting the nation."