Pune, Oct 18 : The participants of the third edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Pune practiced "asanas" (postures), a form of exercises, performed by Baba Ramdev during a two and a half hour session organized by the city's civic authority.
The session saw a huge turnout of enthusiasts, besides the participants of the games.
Over 1,300 athletes and 350 officials from 71 countries participated in the eight-day long event that concluded today.
"I started with practicing the positions and breathing exercises. If any of my friends want to practise the exercises for relaxation, to beat stress due to exams, I will advise them to join the sessions," said Janna Chaplin, a foreigner who participated the session.
Ramdev, who has imparted lessons in yoga to thousands of his disciples across the world, believes that in the long run, yoga can help people tackle the stressful life-style of 21st century.
"Through yoga the intake of oxygen of a normal man increases 10 by 20 per cent and greater oxygen means greater energy. Concentration and self-esteem can be enhanced through yoga, which cannot be achieved by any other medium," said Ramdev.
Yoga has been defined as "technologies or disciplines of asceticism and meditation which are thought to lead to spiritual experiences and a profound understanding or insight into the nature of existence."