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MP Congress workers perform shavasa as a mark of protest on International Day of Yoga
The much celebrated International Day of Yoga this time has also given rise to new application of the practice which can be termed as 'Yoga as a Tool of Protest'. Two brands of 'yoga protests' have emerged: one, 'Shavasana Yoga Protest', and second, 'Cycling Protest as an Alternative to Classical Yoga'.

The Indian National Congress workers and the agitating farmers performed shavasana on the roads to block the traffic in a non-violent way to highlight government's apathy towards the farmers' distress, while Samajwadi Party workers used cycling to project that cycling workouts are a better alternative to classical yoga being promoted by the BJP.

The farmers gained strength for their cause by performing their brand of yoga on the highways between 9 am to 12 noon on June 21.

"It seems yoga has become an emergent applied science due to its recent popularity and new brands of yoga are coming up like dog yoga, goat yoga, romance yoga, protest yoga, cycle yoga, garment yoga ( making use of organic clothing for performing yoga), therapeutic yoga,  hydro yoga, and many more. The market and political forces are vying with one another to encash the new brand name called yoga," said a neutral observer and social science researcher in Jaipur without being named.

Here is a limerick on the situation.

There is a force called market force
Any thing it can turn into trading horse.

It is out to convert Yoga
into profit-making Bhoga.

Yoga is now the new commerce-course.

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