UK: Hindus protest against ‘Yoga with Cow’ sessions
Lancashire Farm Dairies held a session of six people at a farm in Leyland where the practised UK’s first cow yoga class, the HuffPost UK reported.
An exotic “yoga with cows” session at a Lancashire dairy in the United Kingdom has triggered a controversy after it was met with objection from a section of people from the Hindu community for allegedly offending Hinduism and “trivialising” its core concepts.
Lancashire Farm Dairies held a session of six people at a farm in Leyland where the practised UK’s first cow yoga class, the HuffPost UK reported. It was conducted as a way of encouraging people to resume physical activities amid the coronavirus lockdown. The concept of practising yoga with animals is believed to be helpful for reducing stress levels.
However, soon the session was slammed by Hindu cleric Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, in Nevada. Zen hit out at the event and its organisers for “trivialising two serious concepts of Hinduism: cows, (considered sacred in Hinduism) and the ancient discipline of yoga.”The cleric shot a letter to the dairy objecting to the classes and urged for an immediate stop “before they became a trendy fad with herds of people flocking to dairy farms to do yoga alongside cows, with many visualising it as an Instagram opportunity”.