Recently, the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of 14 major churches, urged Christians not to participate in World Yoga Day because it believes the system of exercises was related to Hinduism.
However, people defied the church diktat and more than 1,000 yoga enthusiasts took part in the celebrations despite early morning showers.
“All of us know that yoga is associated with Hindu philosophy and thus it cannot be accepted. Yoga goes against the teachings and philosophy of Christianity,” R Lalrinsanga, secretary of the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, had said.
The main event of the Second International Yoga Day in Mizoram was held at Assam Rifles Ground in Aizawl where Governor Nirbhay Sharma was the chief guest. Sharma brushed aside the churches’ concerns about yoga being part of Hindu philosophy and said the celebrations would also boost the state’s Healthy Mizoram campaign.
The governor of Miroram said: “Yoga could become instrumental in curbing high incidence of cancer and HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, metal and physical stress and alcoholism and other social evils.”
“The argument over Yoga should be sorted out through mutual talks and no one should be compelled to practise Yoga. It should be practised willingly,” he said.
“Practising Yoga does not mean conversion to Hinduism,” Sharma said.
“Alteration of way of life and exercise could make Mizo youth healthier, physically and mentally,” he added.
Meanwhile, 2nd International Day of Yoga observed across the Northeast along with the rest of the globe.