Japanese practice yoga to keep healthy body and mind

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Kolkata, Feb 5 (UNI) Thousands of people in Japan in the age group of 5 to 90 years besides top sports persons in that country now regularly practise yoga to keep themselves fit.

All credits in this regard go to Yogacharya Jibananda Ghosh and his wife Karuna Ghosh who have taught yoga in Japan for about last four decades.

Mr Ghosh, the top exponent of yoga and founder of 'Ghosh's Yoga Institute' in Tokyo, who was in the city recently, said that practising yoga was most vital not only for sports persons but also for the general people to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Mr Ghosh, who is also the founder of Indo-Japanese Association in Japan, said taking the cue from late Bayamcharya Bishnu Charan Ghosh - who started teaching yoga in scientific way for improvement in the condition of body and mind of people 70 years ago, he and Karuna, who is also the daughter of the Bayamacharya, ceaselessly endeavoured to impart yoga training in Japan scientifically for better and harmonius function of individual's body system for about last 40 years.

He said the Institute had a number of branches which were involved in teaching yoga in Japan besides the ones at Australia and New Zealand.

Jibananda and Karuna also wrote a number of books in Japanese to popularise yoga there. Mr Ghosh informed that these books were in great demand and there has been a number of editions of the latest book titled '' Indian Yoga Helps Release Stress.'' UNI ADG PL RD 1452

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