Lucknow: After saying that Namaz postures were similar to Surya Namaskar asanas, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has made Yoga compulsory in all government schools in the state. Yogi directed officials to ensure that “compulsory” Yoga education starts in schools from the new academic session.
Yoga will be mandatory for all students of Class 5 to 12. According to an official statement, the chief minister directed that 'Rani Laxmibai Aatmaraskha Kaaryakram' (self defence programme) for girls and 'Yog Shiksha Kaaryakram' (Yoga education programme) would be compulsory.
Justifying the decision, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said that Yoga does not belong to any religion and should be practiced by everyone considering its health benefits.
"People try to create confusion, but Yoga is neither of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs or Christians...(the aim) should be that the body of all is healthy...what is wrong if school children do it...all should practice it in view of its health benefits," Sharma added.
"I have not invented Yoga, it has been an ongoing practice in the universe and a tradition given by our saints for the welfare of people. It is a form given by our saints for ensuring a healthy body and healthy mind," Yogi had said earlier.