Baba Ramdev begins yoga camp at Glasgow
Bus loads of people travelled from Edinburgh and other parts of the UK to Glasgow to attend yoga expert Baba Ramdev's six-day camp there that began early on Thursday.
Billed as the largest yoga camp so far in the UK, the local office of Ramdev's organisation, the Patanjali Yog Peeth (PYP) Trust, provided complimentary coach service from Edinburgh to Glasgow to enable as many people as possible to attend the camp.
"Undoubtedly this special event will initiate the beginning of a new era in Scotland centred on the mantra that good health is humanity's birthright. Importantly, the six-day event further supports Scotland's drive to become a healthy nation and will unify communities across the country," Sunita Poddar, member of the PYP (UK) Trust, said.
"The diverse turnout of all ages and background at our free on-going classes clearly indicates the keen interest shown by Scots in improving their mental, physical and emotional well-being," said Poddar, who has donated 160,000 pounds to Ramdev's organisation.
The yoga expert is also scheduled to hold camps in London and Coventry.
Ramdev, who arrived in London earlier this week after conducting camps in the United States, was felicitated at the House of Commons by Glasgow MP Mohammed Sarwar, and other MPs, including Keith Vaz, Shailesh Vara, Lord Kamlesh Patel and Baroness Pola Uddin.
"It was from this historic building that much of the world including India was ruled. I am here today because I want to promote health and healthy living all over the world and especially here in the UK," Ramdev said at the event.
Sarwar said: "I am pleased and delighted to welcome Swami Ramdev ji to the parliament today. He is a household name in Asia and millions of people have benefited from his classes. I am glad that he is about to start his campaign in Scotland and I am sure a great many will benefit from his teaching."