Don't commercialise yoga, says C T Ravi

National-level conference on Yoga therapy 2013 begins at Mangalore university

Minister for Higher Education and District-in-Charge Minister C T Ravi has called upon the yoga practitioners not to commercialise yoga, while marketing it.

Speaking at a national-level conference on ‘Yoga therapy 2013’ organised by the
Mangalore University and Department of Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences and Dhamanidhi Yogapeetha and Department of AYUSH here on Friday, he said that there is a need to teach yoga fully, without ‘adulterating’ it.

“Yoga has been practiced since time immemorial. However, we realised the importance of Yoga only when foreigners were attracted towards it and started coming to India in search of peace and happiness through Yoga. Yoga should become part of life,” he added.

Stating that he practices Yoga for nearly 40 minutes, the Minister said that Yoga had helped him to be creative amidst hectic life.

“Yoga helps to understand strength within us. It is not a physical exercise. But is related to body and mind. It also helps in gaining self-confidence in life. Only self-confidence will take one to victory,” he added.

“We have understood that one can not get happiness through materialistic world. The real happiness and satisfaction can be gained through Yoga,” he added.

Yoga is one of the major contributions of our elders to the welfare of mankind. Our sages did not take patent for Yoga, as they believed in the welfare of humanity, he added.
Department of Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences former director Dr K Krishna Bhat said that physical and mental sorrows can be overcome by practicing Yoga.

In his presidential address, Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankaramurthy said that Mangalore University was the first university in the country to start MSc in Yogic Science. It also offers diploma courses in Yoga to help the people of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.

The conference intends to spread the value based knowledge of yogic science, to propagate the importance of yoga in life.

The conference is a platform of interaction for yoga therapists and also intends to create awareness about yoga therapy.

There will be special invited talks by the experts in the field like Dr Prakash Malshe, Vankata Reddy, Dr B N Gangadhar, Dr Ganesh Shankar and Dr N B Shukla.
Registrar Prof P S Yadapadithaya and Organising Secretary Dr K Krishna Sharma among others were present.

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