Yoga which is India’s one of the ancient practices to keep oneself healthy has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity which would enable it to ‘potentially foment a dialogue of ideas of peace and tolerance with other countries. The world heritage committee said that yoga was added to the list as a recognition of its influence on Indian society. The decision was taken in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the 11th session of the intergovernmental committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
However, it was inscribed on the list during the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Also, the declaration describing Yoga as a Human Treasure got unanimous support of the 24 members of the Committee.
Yoga new’s version
Traditionally, yoga was transmitted using the Guru-Shishya model (master-pupil) with yoga gurus as the main custodians of associated knowledge and skills. Yoga consists of a series of poses, meditation, controlled breathing, word chanting and other techniques designed to help individuals build self-realization, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation. It is practiced by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion and has also become popular in other parts of the world.
Nowadays, yoga ashrams or hermitages provide enthusiasts with additional opportunities to learn about the traditional practice, as well as schools, universities, community centres and social media. Ancient manuscripts and scriptures are also used in the teaching and practice of yoga, and a vast range of modern literature on the subject available.