SCO Secretary-General visits yoga centre in New Delhi
SCO Secretary-General visits yoga centre in New Delhi

SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov started the second day of his official visit to India at 6 am by going to the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi.

"Yoga's main purpose is purification of the mind, the release from negative emotions such as hatred, anger, fear, greediness and arrogance. Yoga is also a great way to boost your immunity," said Doren Singh, Assistant Research Officer at the institute.

The Secretary-General noted that the SCO family places great emphasis on multilateral cooperation in culture and education, healthcare, youth exchanges and sports, which helps nations to enrich each other and get closer to one another. "Physical exercise, including yoga, is very important when it comes to developing the dialogue between peoples. International Yoga Day and annual SCO marathons strengthen our friendship, peace, mutual understanding and harmony," Rashid Alimov said.

The Secretary-General toured the Yoga Institute as guides explained to him all about the history and the development of this large research institution.

Prominent yoga professor Rawat invited Rashid Alimov and his colleagues to attend his master class. The invitation was happily accepted.

The Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi was founded in 1998 and named after former Indian president Morarji Desai. By 2017, the centre had 2,794 alumni.

Yoga is an important aspect of Indian culture and, in a broader sense, comprises various spiritual, mental and physical practices aimed at controlling mental and physical functions of a human body in order to reach an advanced spiritual and mental state.

Established in 2015, International Yoga Day is marked on 21 June.

In 2016, UNESCO included yoga in its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.