Thursday, December 04, 2014

India's yoga minster aims to reclaim practice from West...

India’s new minister for yoga has called on his countrymen to reclaim yoga from the West, criticising Indians for ignoring their heritage.

Shripad Yesso Naik was appointed last month with a mission to preserve the traditional medicines and practices of Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, herbal medicines of Unani and Siddha, and homoeopathy.

“There is little doubt about yoga being an Indian art form,” said Mr Naik, a former tourism minister. “We’re trying to establish to the world that it’s ours.”

His appointment by Narenda Modi, the prime minister, a vegetarian who credits daily yoga for his mental and physical agility, marks a wish to reclaim the multibillion-dollar industry as inherently Indian.

 A 2012 study estimated that 20.4 million Americans practise yoga, a 29 per cent increase from 2008, and practitioners of yoga in the US spend more than $10.3 billion a year on classes. Full story...

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