Lucknow: He didn't ask Muslims to perform Surya Namaskar, but UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday just said that Surya Namaskar is similar to Namaz. Speaking at Yoga Mahotsav here, Yogi thanked PM Narendra Modi for popularising Yoga across the globe and making it 'Universal'.
During his speech at the Yoga Mahotsav, UP CM highlighted the similarities between Surya Namaskar practised by Hindus and Namaz done by the Muslims.
“All asanas (postures) in Surya Namaskar, Pranayama activities are similar with the way Namaz is done by our Muslim brothers. But nobody ever tried to bring them together because few people were interested only in ‘bhoga’, not yoga,” Yogi said.
Yogi said before PM Modi decided to change the perception in 2014, it was considered communal to even talk about Yoga.
Some Muslim bodies have described Surya Namaskar and Yoga as anti-Islamic.All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had launched a nationwide campaign when various state governments had made Yoga and Surya namaskar compulsory in schools last year.