Yoga does not belong to India anymore, because it was gifted to the world, when the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.
“Even though it originated in India, it does not belong to the country anymore,” spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said at a panel discussion ‘Conversation with Yoga Masters. organised in New York on Monday. The meeting at the India’s Permanent Mission to the UN on the eve of the second International Yoga Day also featured Tao Porchon-Lynch, 97-year-old Yoga Master and activist.
“We must understand that yoga is not an Indian (thing). If you want to call yoga Indian, then you must call gravity European,” Sadhguru said.
Even though the idea of an International Yoga Day was mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was “almost like the world was waiting for it” when 177 nations supported the UN resolution.
Our video shows Sadhguru at the UN on the International Yoga Day.
Yoga is “not about you versus me. This is why I said yoga is not Indian because a science cannot be Indian. Yes, yoga originated from India and as Indians we are proud of it but it does not belong to India.”
“The very fact that the UN has declared it as International Yoga Day means India has gifted it (Yoga) to the world. It does not belong to India anymore,” Sadhguru said.
The most important thing today was to discard the idea of yoga as just a physical practice and that was all about ‘bending and twisting’ our bodies. It must be understood as a science, he asserted.
Sadhguru said people generally set aside a n specific time to do yoga but he does yoga 24 hours a day.
Sadhguru is the founder of the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organisation which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, United States, Great Britain, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal and Australia. The Foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in the Foundation being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.- CINEWS