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