Dawn Yang strikes a yoga pose as she begins to teach yoga to Room 13 Eliot Arts' art students in Altadena in 2014 as Amber Tilden, artist-in-residence watches. The PVPUSD high schools will offer yoga as an alternative to physical education in the fall. 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed applauded the PVPUSD for adding yoga to the curriculum.

In a press release issued last week, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Gov. Brown, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to work towards formally introducing yoga as a part of curriculum in all the state’s public schools, which would incorporate the highly beneficial practice in the lives of California’s students.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil,” is a mental and physical discipline for everybody to share and benefit from, the release said. Yoga goes back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization and is the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed said.

Yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse and also a methodical effort to attain perfection through control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

According to U.S. National Institutes of Health, yoga may help a practitioner to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply and get rid of stress. According to a recently released “2016 Yoga in America Study,” about 37 million Americans now practice yoga. And yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image, the release said.

— Ed Pilolla

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