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Power of Yoga: International Yoga Day to bring Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi on same stage

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a strong proponent of yoga, will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi among thousands to mark the International Yoga Day here Sunday.

Accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Kejriwal will reach Rajpath at 6 a.m., said a Delhi government official.

Like Modi, Kejriwal has been practicing the regimen for a long time.

The chief minister finds it a great “stress buster, and has gone for yoga retreats.

After the Delhi assembly elections campaign in February, Kejriwal had gone for Vipassana meditation. After assuming the office, the chief minister attended a naturopathy course in Bengaluru which included yoga.

Sisodia has taken up the yoga. He has also attended Vipassana meditation retreat.

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Modi, an ardent proponent of yoga, will himself be present at the mega early morning function at Rajpath.

While the main function will be at Rajpath, which has been placed under unprecedented security cover for the event that will see diplomats too joining in, the International Yoga Day events will be held across cities, towns and districts in the country.

Yoga day events are being held in 192 countries, including in the Arab world.

Indian missions abroad are all geared up the mark the occasion with some public events. (IANS)

 

 

 

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Yoga a Boon for Breast Cancer Survivors

The more the women in the study practised yoga, the better their results

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Yoga a Boon for Breast Cancer Survivors
Yoga a Boon for Breast Cancer Survivors. Pixabay

Breast cancer survivors, if they practise yoga for as little as three months, may significantly reduce fatigue and inflammation, shows research.

“Modest yoga practise over a period of several months could have substantial benefits for breast cancer survivors,” claimed Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University in the US.

“The results could easily generalise to other groups of people who have issues with fatigue and inflammation,” added Kiecolt-Glaser.

To reach this conclusion, researchers asked 200 participants to practise yoga in small groups twice a week for 12 weeks.

Women in the control group were instructed to perform normal routines and not to do yoga.

Results showed that on average, fatigue was 57 percent lower in women who had practiced yoga compared to the non-yoga group, and their inflammation was reduced by up to 20 percent.

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Representational image. Pixabay

“The participants had completed all breast cancer treatments before the start of the study,” said the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The more the women in the study practised yoga, the better their results.

“Though many studies have suggested that yoga has numerous benefits, this is the largest known randomised controlled trial that includes biological measures,” Kiecolt-Glaser said.

Chronic inflammation is linked to numerous health problems, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and alzheimer’s disease.

A secondary analysis showed that more frequent yoga practise produced larger changes in fatigue, vitality and depressive symptoms as well as between an average 4 to 6 percent reduction in two of the three pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Also Read: Avoid Diabetes With Yoga, Weight Lifting

The yoga group also reported significantly improved sleep compared to the control group.

“Yoga has many parts to it – meditation, breathing, stretching and strengthening. We think the breathing and meditation components were really important in terms of some of the changes we were seeing,” Kiecolt-Glaser stressed.

Reducing fatigue enables women to engage in other activities over time. So yoga may have offered a variety of benefits in addition to the yoga exercises themselves, added the study. (IANS)