Hindus critical of Winnipeg school renaming “yoga” class as “movement” class

A sadhu performing namaste (W:Anjali mudra) in...
A sadhu performing namaste (W:Anjali mudra) in Madurai, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hindus are critical of École Christine-Lesperance (ECL), a francophone elementary school in Winnipeg (Canada) under Franco-Manitoban School Division (DSFM), for reportedly renaming its “yoga” class as “movement” class.

Rajan Zed said that, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, yoga is a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. Yoga, referred as “a living fossil” whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, was for everybody to share and benefit from.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to an estimate, about 21 million Americans, including many celebrities, now practice yoga. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, added.

Rajan Zed asked: Why is this Winnipeg elementary school shy of calling “yoga” as “yoga”, which was so beneficial for all and so popular?

Zed urged ECL and DSFM to rethink on this issue and revert back to “yoga”, the earlier name of the class.

The DSFM, which offers full-time education in French, has 23 schools with over 5,000 students.


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