Yoga should be adopted as a lifestyle by people in the country which will help them to live without stress, Union Minister for Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.
Gadkari led the people of Nagpur in practising ‘asanas’ as part of the International Yoga Day celebrations at Yeshwant Stadium in Nagpur earlier on Tuesday.
He said yoga has many benefits as it keeps one healthy and disease free, provides inner peace and also helps develop the personality of an individual.
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“Yoga is the best exercise to stay healthy and stay away from diseases, and indeed it should be adopted by the people as a lifestyle,” Gadkari said addressing yoga enthusiasts.
Yoga Day was organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Janardan Swamy Yogabhayasi Mandal and other organisations in which lakhs of people, including children and and senior citizens, took part.
District Guardian and state Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, city Mayor Pravin Datke, legislators Milind Mane, Vikas Kumbhare and N G Ganar, Municipal Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar were present on the occasion.
In Nagpur Central Prison, about 350 inmates, including undertrials have been practising yoga everyday.
Around 136 prisoners who cleared exams on yoga were given a remittance of three months, jail superintendent Yogesh Desai told reporters, adding that two exams are conducted in May and October.
The Central Railway also organised a yoga session on the occasion at their community hall at Ajni in which Divisional Railway Manager, CR Nagpur, Brajesh Kumar Gupta, Additional DRM Dr Jaideep Gupta, all branch officers, members of scouts and guide and personnel of RPF took part, Central Railway PRO Pravin Patil said.