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Heather Murphy addressing the gatherin at the Yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament

Yoga Conference turns focus on recent progress in the field of yoga….reports Asian Lite News

Heather Murphy addressing the gatherin at the Yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament
Heather Murphy addressing the gatherin at the Yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament

TheYoga Conference at Portcullis House of the Parliament included discussions on what progress has been made in the field of yoga in the last few years. ”

There has been an increase of 29% in the number of people doing yoga in the UK in the last two years. Focus groups for introducing yoga into the NHS, schools and businesses will be created in due course.” said Ravi Bhanot, Chair of the UN International Yoga Day 2015 hosted at Alexandra Palace,  who was also chairing the conference.

Sushma Bhanot at yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament
Sushma Bhanot at yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament

Sushma Bhanot, from Coolherbals and co-organizer of the event, said “A record 8000 people came to the International Yoga Day at London’s Alexandra Palace – the largest number of people at a yoga event in the history of the country. We now have to build upon this success”.

Yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament
Yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament

Virendra Sharma MP said “It is going to be team effort if yoga is to be brought into schools, NHS and work places, for which lobbying MPs will be necessary”. He has offered his help to bring yoga to the forefront of MPS in the British Parliament.

Trevor Murphy from the Jump Party, who is looking at getting yoga into schools, said: “There will be a focused group meeting shortly with all interested parties. There is a possibility that yoga starts as an extra-curricular activity, with yoga instructors going to school or training school teachers to take the lead.”

Heather Mason from The Minded Institute, who is looking to get yoga into the NHS, said “We need a book of yoga to guide doctors on treating particular ailments. A national survey could show yoga can help”.

Neil Patel addressing the gatherin at the Yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament
Neil Patel addressing the gatherin at the Yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament

Dhruv Chhatralia, a corporate lawyer and Neil Patel from Chikri Yoga both reiterated that corporate businesses were now taking Yoga more seriously. Satish K Sharma from the National Council of Hindu Temples emphasised on lobbying.

Varsha Shukla from PYPT said local libraries had a budget for Yoga and they should be contacted directly. Sudarshan Kapur, also from PYPT, felt publicity was the way to get better public acceptance of yoga.

Dhriv Chattralia at yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament
Dhriv Chattralia at yoga conference in Portcullis House of the Parliament