In a first, Yoga Day celebrated in Australian Parliament

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said practising yoga could help politicians who live stressful and busy social lives.


Melbourne : 18.06.18: A yoga session was organised in the Australian Parliament on Monday for the first time with several lawmakers including former prime minister Tony Abbott performing various asanas in the federal legislature.

Marking the fourth International Day of Yoga which is on June 21, over 50 people attended the two-hour long event organised by Melbourne-based Vasudeva Kriya Yoga group at Parliament’s community hall in Canberra.

“It’s great that we are acknowledging that (Yoga day) here in Australian parliament today,” Abbott said.

“It’s wonderful to see that so many Australians of Indian background are practising yoga and it’s also great to see that so many Australians generally are interested in Yoga,” the former premier said.

Practising yoga could help politicians living a stressful and busy social lives, the 60-year-old leader said.

“India is the world’s emerging democratic superpower and yoga is something associated with India. It’s good to see this splendid Indian export is more and more taken up throughout the world,” Abbott said.

According toRajendra Yenkannamoole, founder of Vasudeva Kriya Yoga, it was the first time that International Yoga day was celebrated in any Parliament in the world.