Hamid Ansari bats for Yoga


VICE-President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday said yoga is “science, not dogma” and could complement health care approaches in developing countries, including India.

Vice President Hamid Ansari with MoS for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik lighting the lamp to inaugurate the International Conference on ‘Yoga for Body and Beyond’, in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“It (yoga) is a science, not dogma. It helps improve the levels of fitness and the overall health profile. Most practitioners testify to its usefulness,” Ansari said after inaugurating a two-day international conference on ‘Yoga for Body and Beyond’ here.

The Vice-President, in his inaugural speech, underlined that yoga was above religion. “All systems of faith or belief have within them the practice of meditation. The Indian experience is a particularly good instance of this, given the rich interaction that took place over centuries in the areas of belief, consciousness and practice.