President Draupadi Murmu stressed the need to practice yoga regularly to help people grow spiritually

New Delhi: President Draupadi Murmu said on Friday (February 11) yoga had helped her when she was in mental and physical pain, saying that regular practice can help people achieve success in all spheres of life.
Speaking at an event during a two-day visit to Orissa, Murmu stressed the need to practice yoga regularly to help people grow spiritually leading to the overall development of individuals and the nation as a whole.

"At one point in time, I felt completely broken both physically and mentally and embarked on yoga. I am here today standing before you and speaking to you just because of yoga," she said.

Even though the President did not divulge details of her life, Murmu lost her two sons, husband, and brother in a short period in 2015.

She said yoga acts as a connection between the soul and the divinity.

"One needs to strive for purification of the body, mind, and soul and spiritual awakening," she said.

Benefits of doing yoga regularly

According to Harvard Health, yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. Apart from helping you lose weight and treating all kinds of illnesses, yoga also helps recover from a chronic injury.

A few medically-proven benefits of yoga are:

Improves flexibility and balance

Yoga helps increase the breathing power of the lungs, helps smooth blood circulation, and warms up muscles.

Can help with back pain

Stretching done through yoga asanas can help ease pain and improve mobility in people with lower back pain. The American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain.

Can ease arthritis and joint pains

According to the John Hopkins center, yoga asanas also help ease inflammation and other symptoms of discomfort in the joints, that cause arthritis.

Many postures in yoga, like planks, are isometric contractions, which help increase bone strength and density.

Regulates sleep

Yoga asanas also help you regulate sleep patterns and get rid of insomnia, which can cause a lot of other ailments as well.

Helps manage stress

Helps improve heart health

Yoga helps improve the cardiovascular system which gets benefited from controlling the pace of breathing through favorable changes in heart rate, stroke capacity, arterial pressure, and contractility of the heart.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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