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20 million in US practice Yoga: Naik

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 Rohit Shishodia
The US military is using Yoga in its training programme.

India's minister of AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik has said that people in US, UK, Europe and south eastern countries are showing great interest in practicing Yoga. Speaking at an International Conference on Yoga for Wellness in New Delhi, the minister informed that around 20 million people in the US are practicing Yoga, while USA military has also adopted Yoga in its training curriculum.

The number of people practicing Yoga is increasing by five per cent every year in the world. The minister asserted that the government is not only committed the development of Yoga in India but outside also. “Several modern medical institutes have adopted Yoga as an alternative or adjuvant treatment for many of the disorders and diseases,” informed the minister.

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari also said that Yoga can generate employment by providing professional training to the practitioners. The minister asserted that a systematic yoga education syllabus should be prepared and scientific research should be developed in a professional manner.

Minister of state in the health ministry, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, said that spiritual health is an important element of Yoga, adding that WHO has also come around to understanding this point of view.

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