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 Lucknow: On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the practice of yoga should be kept out of politics and controversies.

Responding to a query on the move of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), to move court if ‘surya namaskar’ and ‘yoga’ were thrust on school children, the minister said that yoga should only be seen as an activity which benefits the mind, body and the soul.

“Yoga should not be categorized as belonging to some caste or community…it should be seen purely as something which helps the body and it is for this reason that the practice of yoga was appreciated and followed globally,” the former BJP national president said.

On Monday, the AIMPLB had openly opposed yoga and said that it cannot be thrust on anyone.

The Narendra Modi government plans to take yoga further and efforts are on by the union HRD ministry to assimilate the practice in all schools and colleges.

On June 21 – the first International Yoga Day – children across the country will perform yoga. (IANS)

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Yoga May Reduce Symptoms of Menstrual Disorders

All included studies reported some change in their outcome measures, suggesting reduced symptoms of menstrual distress following a yoga intervention

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A range of yoga interventions were used. Some studies used a combination of Asana, Pranayama, and other yogic relaxation or meditation techniques. Pixabay

Practicing yoga may enhance mood and reduce pain in women affected by menstrual distress associated with physical and psychological symptoms, says a study.

For the study, the researchers carried out a systematic review of the published literature on yoga practice and common menstrual disorders.

Enhanced mood, reduced pain, increased wellbeing, and a heightened relaxation response were among the improved outcomes reported by women who participated in a yoga intervention, according to the findings published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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Jennifer Oates of King’s College London assessed the evidence from 15 published studies on the effects of yoga practice on problems such as amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

A range of yoga interventions were used. Some studies used a combination of Asana, Pranayama, and other yogic relaxation or meditation techniques.

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All of the studies evaluated reported a beneficial effect and reduced symptoms.

“All included studies reported some change in their outcome measures, suggesting reduced symptoms of menstrual distress following a yoga intervention,” the study said. (Bollywood Country)

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