Rajan Zed criticizes ban on Yoga in Los Angeles’ parks and beaches

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Los Angeles City Council has reportedly decided to ban Yoga, street food, and few other things from public parks and beaches. This decision has been strongly criticized by distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, according to a report published in Punjab News Express.

In a statement in Nevada, Zed has termed the City Council’s action as unnecessary obstruction and burden on Yoga.

Speaking about the importance of Yoga, Zed said that Yoga was a mental and physical discipline by means of which the human-soul (Jivatman) united with universal-soul (Parmatman).

He further said that, for Patanjali, who authored the book Yoga-Sutras, “the Yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.”

Zed also highlighted that Yoga was a repository of something basic in human soul and psyche. He said though Yoga has been “introduced and nourished by Hinduism, it was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all.”

He termed the regulation of yoga as religious infringement and urged the City Council to exclude Yoga from its vending ban on parks and beaches.

Rajan Zed is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Interfaith Ambassador of Nevada Clergy Association and Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families.