Once a staunch opponent of introducing yoga education in Nepal, Maoist leader Prachanda on Monday participated in a yoga session of Baba Ramdev and said the practice helps in "social transformation".
Participating in a yoga session at Dhulikhel near Kathmandu, Prachanda said, "yoga not only cures your body but has an effect on mind as well."
"It also helps in social transformation".
Prachanda, who firmly opposed ushering in yoga lessons in Nepal in 2007, participated in the yoga session after accepting Ramdev's request in this regard. The Maoist leader also lauded the Indian yoga guru's "historic" contribution in education and research of yoga science.
"If Maoism meets yoga and its spirituality, it would facilitate peace and prosperity," Ramdev said at the session, where Prachanda remained for around half an hour and preformed various 'asanas' like 'Pranayam' and 'Kapalvati'.