Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 1 September 2015 recognised Yoga as a sports discipline. It was placed under priority category.
The ministry took the decision in order to encourage the practice of yoga across the country especially among the youth.
Further, due to the present recognition the practitioners will benefit in the form of funding and other administrative assistance for its development.
Yoga is an Indian physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. It finds mention in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the author of the grammatical Mahabhasya.
On 21 June 2015, the first International Day of Yoga was observed globally for which India gave the lead to the world.
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When: 1 September 2015