The Tihar Jail complex held an elaborate exercise with Ramdev holding the session and teaching inmates various postures of yoga .Hundreds of inmates donning custom made t-shirts actively took part in the session.
Director General of Tihar Jail, Ajay Kashyap said the aim of the event was to provide every inmate an opportunity to de-stress themselves and not develop suicidal tendencies. “Our aim is to provide help to every person who is in the jail and who is mentally depressed and in the jail there should not be even one inmate who becomes a victim of depression or takes any extreme step like suicide or any other step which harms them. So this is a small step but an important step,” he said.
The practice of yoga originated in ancient India. It includes exercises, postures called asanas, and meditation – all aimed to achieve physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
The United Nations had in 2014 declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga after adopting a measure proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The day is marked by mass practice of yoga across the world.