Hindus have welcomed Church of England’s St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds (Suffolk, England) for hosting yoga event, and urged all England cathedrals to do the same.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, “a sacred space for over 1,000 years” in Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, reportedly hosted this “immersive Yoga event design to connect your mind, body and soul, working in the Cathedral space to create a fully sensory experience” on July four.
Commending the Cathedral for hosting yoga event, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged it to make yoga sessions its regular feature, thus providing an opportunity to the area public to avail the multiple benefits yoga offered. He also urged other England cathedrals to follow this lead.
Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization; Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted.
Rajan Zed stated that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.
According to a report of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Yoga is the most popular complementary health approach in the United States - used by 14.3% of the adult population, or 35.2 million people”. 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. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.
History of St Edmundsbury Cathedral goes back to 1020. Martin Seeley is the Diocesan Bishop, while Joe Hawes is the Cathedral Dean.