Unesco has included Yoga in its ‘intangible’ cultural heritage list, calls it ‘human treasure’. The declaration enjoyed the unanimous support of the 24-member Committee.
The declaration is seen as a diplomatic triumph for India, and is expected to put spotlight on the numerous institutions and communities in India that teach yoga.
“This declaration of yoga as a ‘human treasure’ enjoyed the unanimous support of the 24-member Committee which overturned the decision of an evaluation body of technical experts, seeking to defer the case to the next session of the committee in 2017,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in his weekly media briefing here.
Unesco is the only UN body mandated to capture the intangible aspects of culture.