One should be secular while practising yoga: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
One's mind should be truly secular while practising yoga, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in Thiruvananthapuram.
Thiruvananthapuram: One's mind should be truly secular while practising yoga, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
"Yoga should not be mistaken as a religious ritual. It can be practised by all and it is just a physical exercise and needs to be seen in that manner," Vijayan said at an event held to mark the third International Yoga Day.
He said when doing yoga, the mind should be truly secular.
"But today it has come to light that some have hijacked yoga by reciting hymns. What must be noted is yoga was in existence even before the hymns came into existence," added the Marxist leader.
Across Kerala, the yoga day was observed at several places.
IMD Director General M Mohapatra said there is cyclonic circulation along the Karnataka coast which is hindering the progress of the southwest monsoon
The yoga guru had earlier stirred a controversy with his comments on the efficacy of allopathic drugs against COVID-19, drawing the ire of the medical fraternity