KOCHI: The 30th National Yogasana Championship which began in the city on Thursday was formally inaugurated by tourism minister A P Anil Kumar at Vidyodaya School, Thevakkal, on Friday. Around 530 yoga practitioners are participating in the three-day event which will conclude on Saturday.
“Yoga is not just a physical activity as publicized by certain celebrities, it’s all about boosting one’s mental and physical agility,” said Aneyera Sreekumar, vice-chairman of the Kerala Yoga Association, while speaking on the sidelines of the event. The event organized by the Kerala Yoga Association and National Yoga Federation, is being conducted to spread awareness on the positive effects of performing the art of yoga.
The criterion for selecting the champion is the duration till which a participant can hold a pose. The participants are being accommodated on the school premises.
“The motive behind organizing it, is to attract local people to the art of yoga that has proved itself from time immemorial,” said O J Paul, secretary of Ernakulam District Yoga Sports Association.
It is after 28 years that the championship is being held in Kerala. Last it was hosted in 1985, in Kozhikode.