Physical fitness plays a crucial role in pursuing a successful career in armed forces and Border Security Force on Wednesday revealed that its jawans are getting fitter courtesy the biggest exponent of Yoga, Baba Ramdev. With tension escalating on the border, keeping a sound mind along with fit body is essential. BSF has resorted to Yoga session and it is showing results. “Introduced 45 min Yoga session for our Jawans, supervised by Baba Ramdev, average weight of Jawans is now coming down,” BSF DG KK Sharma said. Earlier in September, BSF personnel of Rajasthan Frontier posted in Jaisalmer got lessons from yoga guru Ramdev to keep themselves in better health and fit. On the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebrations of BSF, yoga guru Ramdev had held special Yoga exercises class to jawans and officers in their defense area. Ramdev had stayed there for three days and held regular exercise class every day. The classes were conducted for a better health and fitness of jawans and officers, quoting DIG-BSF Amit Lodha the spokesman said. DIG also had extended a warm welcome to Ramdev.
Notably, amid sub-zero temperature, the Army had celebrated International Yoga Day at the Siachen Glacier, situated at the height of over 20,000 feet. “The soldiers and the officers posted at Siachen, commonly known as the highest battlefield in the world, today celebrated International Yoga Day”, a defence spokesman had said. He said apart from Siachen, the Army’s Fire and Fury Corps also celebrated the day at Leh, Kargil and other forward locations along the Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC). The event at Leh was attended by over 900 personnel which included officers, junior commissioned officers and jawans of the Leh Garrisson, the spokesman said. “Large attendances were also organised at Siachen, Kargil and other forward locations along the borders,” he said.
Apart from giving an impetus to physical fitness, the events were aimed to popularise yoga and also to spread awareness on benefits of yoga among the soldiers, he said, adding large number of soldiers showed interest in learning yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation. The Indian Army has incorporated yoga asanas into the daily routine of the soldiers in high altitude areas with harsh climatic conditions, he said.
In January it was reported that around 250 soldiers of the Western Command of the Army received a two-week Yoga Teacher’s Training Course, organised by Yoga exponent Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar. According to a Times of India report, another 750 jawans were scheduled to receive training.