Enlarge this imageYogis in Bangalore get ready with the Worldwide Yoga Day on June 21.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionMANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesYogis in Bangalore prepare for the Worldwide Yoga Working day on June 21.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesIt seemed like a noble thought: Declare an international working day of yoga. Who knew it will be so controversial? India's Key Minister Narendra Modi set forth the proposal for the duration of his maiden speech ahead of the United Nations final September. Modi, who himself does yoga, termed the ancient follow "India's present." The U.N. agreed to sanction the party, that will take put this Sunday, coinciding with the summer months solstice. India is organizing yoga periods in 192 countries each individual U.N. member nation preserve for Yemen, wherever India's mi sion is closed. The theory, claims international minister Sushma Swaraj, is to support direct a strife-torn world "on a route of peace." "Yoga will be the very best delicate ability India needs to provide the earth collectively and close the increasing pattern of violence," Swaraj suggests. Learn about Salabhasana & its positive effects. #YogaDayhttps://t.co/ETWq3wxIo6 Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 13, 2015 In India, the government has blanketed schools with circulars urging children to participate. Potbellied senior bureaucrats are hovering over mats in cram se sions, hoping to master "downward facing dog" right before Sunday's celebrations, exactly where their attendance is required. Modi has invited the Guinne s Earth Records to document what can be the largest single yoga cla s in one venue: Ryan Pulock Jersey
35,000 people a sembling in New Delhi at 7 a.m. for a 35-minute yoga exercise. (Although at a news conference, Swaraj announced that Modi will guide the celebration but will not actually consider to the mat.) But certain clerics in India's minority Muslim community aren't supporters of this event. They've said the government's push to promote yoga is a bid to promote the Hindu religion that the majority of Indians observe.These critical clerics say the yoga pose known as the "Surya Namaskar" the sun salutation violates Islam because it means genuflecting to an entity other than Allah, namely the sun. In Casey Cizikas Jersey
the pose, yogis stand up, hold their arms to the sky and bend backward a bit. Historian Rizwan Qaiser, former director of the Center for Comparative Religions and Civilizations at Jamia Millia Islamia University, laughs as he states, "In Islam there is only one god, and no other god including [the] sun god." The yoga tensions had been exacerbated by earlier events. Over the past several months, Hindu fundamentalists had i sued a stream of bigoted remarks how Muslims shouldn't be allowed to vote, for example and waged campaigns to rewrite school textbooks in ways that elevate Hindu achievements. Novelist and filmmaker Sohail Hashmi, who is a Muslim, shares the concerns about the anti-minority remarks from the Hindu right but doesn't have a problem with sun salutations: "Yoga is universal. This is a very good method of cleaning up your body and toning up your body. " "If you don't like 'Om,' chant, 'Allah,' " he says. Pratibha Agrawal, who directs a school of yoga in Hyderabad, states calling the pose "sun-worship" is a stretch. "Surya Namaskar is done facing the sun at dawn because the sun's rays are very good for that human body. And all the practices of yoga, the asana, Brock Nelson Jersey
the pranayama, or the meditation, whatever we are doing, those are just tools to deliver us to the state of yoga, in other words, the state of harmony." The government was forced into yoga working day damage control after one parliamentarian from Key Minister Modi's party, the firebrand Yogi Adityanath, said that those who opposed the "Surya Namaskar" should drown in the sea. Overseas Minister Swaraj disowned the remark. She denied that the government is using yoga to impose Hinduism or is coercing any community to participate. But the government has removed sun salutations from the June 21 program, saying the pose would be difficult for people who have a bad back. Compulsory Yoga over a Sunday? How nerve-racking for students and teachers!Thepurpose of yoga is to relax mind and body. Not generate tension! Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) June 3, 2015 For novelist and yoga practitioner Shobhaa De there has been an overreaction in which people may be seeing "a Hindu agenda" when there is none. She appreciates the debate, but suggests there is nothing "subversive" in a global Yoga Day. "We shouldn't look for too much meaning into something that could actually be pretty good for everyone." "Forty-seven Muslim international locations are co-sponsoring Planet Yoga Working day," Swaraj points out. That could only mean that yoga was not a sociated with one particular religion.Shots - Health NewsThose Yoga Poses May Not Be Historical After All, And Maybe That's OK In other words, there has been too much stre s over something meant to de-stre s.