International Yoga Day is being celebrated all over the world including India today (June 21). On this occasion BSF South Bengal Frontier organized Yoga on a large scale not only at its Headquarters but also at all the Battalion Headquarters and Border Out Post under this Headquarters and also inspired people to do yoga by establishing proper ambience. The theme of this year’s Yoga Day is ‘Yoga for Humanity’.
Addressing on the occasion of Yoga Day, Dr. Atul Fulzele, IPS, Inspector General, South Bengal Frontier, stated that being healthy does not mean only physical health but also mental health. Therefore, along with physical health, yoga helps in improving mental health. The Inspector General exhorted upon all the participants on the International Day of Yoga at the Frontier Headquarters, exhorted the BSF personnel , their families and media friends to make aware more people around them to adopt yoga in their daily life for better quality of life.
5,000 jawans who give duty on the Border of BSF became Yogacharya, do yoga along with duty
BSF has included yoga in its daily physical exercise since the inception of International Yoga Day. As a result of this, yoga has been accepted as a daily routine practice in the Border Security Force. For which BSF has trained its 4 to 5 thousand Yogacharyas(Instructors). After becoming a Yogacharya, these instructors not only teach yoga, but also give duty on the border. In order to improve the health of all the officers and jawans of ‘Border Security Force’ (BSF) deployed to protect the International Border, they have been made proficient in yoga. With the help of yoga, the mental and physical fitness of the jawans is being maintained properly. According to a research, yoga has been shown to improve sleep among security force members and reduce emotions associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as anger, anxiety, depression, affective reactivity and treating chronic pain. Yoga is a form of mindfulness-based mind fitness training that includes aspects of relaxation, meditation and breathing that helps members of security forces manage stress, control emotions, and improve the ability to focus in chaotic moments.
Surjeet Singh Guleria, Senior DIG/PRO, South Bengal Frontier informed that on the 8th International Day of Yoga, the jawans, while facing the challenges related to the borders, have made people aware of yoga. The BSF troops deployed up to the Border Out Post level celebrated the 8th International Yoga Day enthusiastically following social distancing and all security norms. He stated that, through yoga, the jawans are giving the message of physical cleanliness and stress-free life to themselves as well as to other people. Though the COVID-19 pandemic had tried to curtail our mobility, no calamity can dampen the BSF’s spirit and enthusiasm for yoga. Mr. Guleria added that ‘Vyayaamt Labhte Swasthya, DirghAyushham Paramsukham, Arogyam Paramam Bhagyam, Swastham Sarvardha Sadhanam’ i.e. Yoga exercise gives us good health.