Source: News Bharati English05 Apr 2017 16:03:20

Tokyo, Apr 5: The renowned spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has inaugurated a Yoga Club at the Japanese Parliament, the National Diet, on Tuesday. Over a hundred parliamentarians signed up to be the members of the club, mentioned Sri Sri on his twitter account.

Yamada, who is the chief coordinator of the proposed Yoga Club in Japanese Parliament said, “This idea of Yoga in the parliament has many takers and already more than a hundred parliamentarians have signed up to be members of the Yoga club. With guidance from Sri Sri, we are very sure that this initiative will become a grand success.”

The year 2017 having been declared as the year of “Japan-India Friendly Exchanges,” this initiative is being seen as a milestone in the tradition-bound Japanese culture.

Hakubun Shimomura, who has held many senior ministerial berths in the Government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be the Chairman of the Yoga Club. Shimomura shared that he is inspired by Ravi Shankar's vision of a stress-free society and one world family.

“We are very happy that Japanese parliamentarians are showing interest in yoga and meditation. This is much needed in current times,” said renowned educationist Prof Pema Gyalpo, who is also the chairman of Art of Living in Japan.

“The most memorable moment of my life was when I read the message from Hon’ble PM Shinzo Abe addressing the World Culture Festival held in New Delhi last year,” he added.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also addressed students & staff of the University of Tokyo along with Prof. Ikuo Homma, who has done extensive research on brain, breath & emotions.