Manipur health and family welfare minister Phung Zathan Tonsing on Sunday said that Yoga is totally free from caste, creed and politics.

The International Yoga Day was celebrated at the Indian Medical Association (IMA) hall at Lamphelpat jointly by the Directorate of AYUSH, government of Manipur and State Health Society.

Tonsing while inaugurating the program here called upon the people to practice yoga for improving physical, mental, moral and spiritual well being and stressed that yoga was not a religious practice.

The function was presided over by P C Lawmkunga, Chief Secretary, Manipur and attended by Dr J Suresh Babu, principal secretary , Health and AYUSH, Dr K Rajo Singh, Director, Family Welfare and Dr K Lokendro Singh, Director, AYUSH.

The International Yoga Day was also celebrated at seven other places in different districts of Manipur organised jointly by Bharat Swabhiman Trust (BST) and Patanjali Yoga Samiti according to a press release issued by BST, Manipur.

The UN has declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga after a draft resolution establishing the Day was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states.