New Delhi, June 21 (FN Agency) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday joined a mega “yogshala” organised at the Thyagraj stadium to mark the occasion of International Yoga Day. Kejriwal said Yoga helped people who were in home isolation, to recover from Covid-19, during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The last two years were very difficult during the time of Corona. When the third wave arrived last year, we began an experiment to evaluate if yoga could be beneficial to corona patients. I am pleased that the Delhi Government’s yoga teachers performed such an excellent job.
I want to congratulate all those people who trained the patients during the time of Corona. When they were infected, they were asked to practice yoga and were taught how to perform the asanas. These folks used to teach over 4,700 corona patients online. When the patients were surveyed, it was discovered that they all benefited. Our team did a lot of research on this as well,” the CM said. However, he also clarified that “although yoga does not cure corona, it does greatly reduce the intensity of corona when practised regularly”. Kejriwal also revealed his government’s mission to promote yoga on a massive scale and take the participants count to lakhs in the city. “Throughout India, Delhi has become the city with the highest number of people doing Yoga in its parks. We are now on a mission to take this number from thousands to lakhs. We have made medical treatment completely free in Delhi’s hospitals. Our aim is to now ensure that every Delhiite takes up Yoga and never falls sick. If Yoga becomes a part of one’s life, it frees them of all diseases and tensions,” he said. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, was also present on the occasion, and later tweeted: “More than 17 thousand people practise yoga under ‘Dilli ki Yogshala’ at 546 locations in Delhi on the occasion of International Yoga Day. Dilli Ki Yogashala runs daily, it is not just a Yoga Day gimmick, we aim to make two crore Delhiites adopt yoga in their everyday life.” Run by the Delhi Government, under the ‘Dilli ki Yogshala’ scheme, a free yoga trainer is provided to groups of 25 to learn yoga in community spaces and parks of the national capital. So far, 17,000 citizens have opted in for the scheme at 546 parks and public spaces across the national capital.