GUWAHATI, Feb 17 � At the time when the United Nations gave worldwide recognition to yoga, the Indian Army has also started the practice of yoga for reducing stress among the troops and also to augment their physical fitness.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, the GoC of the 21 Mountain Division of the Army, Major General CP Mohanty said that life of the Army personnel have become too stressful and there is need for reducing the stress. He said that there was a time when the Army personnel used to go for long run on the roads, but in certain places, it is difficult for the personnel of the force to go out of their compounds for their regular exercises and there is space constrains in the areas where the units are based.
Major General Mohanty revealed that to deal with these problems, they decided to start yoga sessions in the headquarter of the 21 Mountain Division based in Rangiya and so far the response from the personnel has been overwhelming. He pointed out that practice of yoga would not only help in reducing stress of the Army personnel but would also help in improving their fitness level.
Citing his own example, Major General Mohanty said that after the yoga sessions, he was feeling much fitter and �now I am addicted to yoga�. Now the day starts with a one-hour yoga session for the Army personnel in the headquarter of the Mountain Division. Though it is not yet mandatory for all the personnel of the Army to attend the session, almost all are doing do.
Major General Mohanty said that the practice of yoga would be extended to all the field units of the Army under the 21 Mountain Division in the days to come to reduce the mental stress of the personnel.
Paresh Pathak, a yoga instructor from Guwahati, was entrusted with the responsibility of training the Army personnel in Rangiya and he said that the response that he received was very encouraging.
Pathak, who was trained in the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bengaluru, said that all the Army personnel were very enthusiastic and turned out for the sessions early in the morning.