Tourists practice yoga in Manali

November 14th, 2007 - 10:17 am ICT by admin  
Manali, Nov.8 (ANI): With the onset of winter in Himachal Pradesh, a large number of tourists from different parts of the country are visiting the scenic foothills of Himalayas to learn Yoga and meditation.

Vashisht, three kilometres from Manali, is home to hundreds of foreign tourists who want to learn meditation being conducted at an ongoing seasonal Yoga camp in nature’s lap.

Tourists hailing from Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia and other countries are attending the Yoga and meditation centres. Most of them believe that learning yoga exercises and practicing other techniques would enable them to develop a much healthier body and peace of mind.

The jam-packed classes demonstrate the enthusiasm of the tourists for the Yoga sessions.

“I think Yoga is very good for my body and my mind. May be more for my mind that my body, but usually both. I heard about this while I was sitting in a cafeteria. I went upto that student and she told me about this place,” said Abbey from United States of America.

While many foreigners attend the short- term classes during their visiting to Himachal 0Pradesh, there are many who have adapted Yoga as a lifestyle.

“It’s something very good. My body, feels more flexible, my mind is more quiet and calm.” said Kashna, practitioner from Poland.

Yoga is an ancient science that prescribes synchronisation of psycho-physical faculties for good health and holistic lifestyle.

According to the senior Yoga teacher Swami Yogananda the foreign tourists are more interested in learning yoga exercises and a guided meditation, while domestic tourists are keen to avail Yoga-based therapies and Ayurvedic or herbal medicines.

“I follow the traditional way of Yoga and my motive is that the traditional way of Yoga should be practised and spread,” said Swami Yogananda, senior Yoga teacher.

The visitors believe discipline is important to practice yoga in life. They feel very relaxed and comfortable after practicing yoga. They also believe yoga could help them to deal with stress in the present-day busy lifestyle.

Over the years, the centuries-old Indian practice of Yoga that literally means the union of body and mind has become hugely popular in the West and is even patronised by many Hollywood celebrities.

Yoga conferences are common in the Western countries. In the United States alone, the Indian health and spiritual trend now has more than 16 million followers. (ANI)

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