Bangla cops turn to Yoga amid Coronavirus pandemic

After being confined to a core group of celebrities and ‘New Agers’ for years altogether, Yoga, the ancient practice from India, is now being practiced by millions of people across the globe. The latest to join the bandwagon is the Bangladesh Police.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has started Yoga practice among its 1200 personnel in a phased manned to make them physically and mentally fit during the times of Coronavirus pandemic.

“We were instructed to do what could be done to morally boost the force amid the crisis. This Yoga is a part of that mission,” Rajon Kumar Saha, Spokesperson, told AFP.

Over 6000 cops in the country were diagnosed with the Covid-19 with the virus infection claiming lives of 19 of them. Bangladesh too bore the brunt of the virus infection as a total of 68, 504 people were affected and 930 died as on Monday last.

Meanwhile, this year’s International Yoga Day, falling on June 21, is set to go digital in countries like India in the light of the prevailing health emergency.

“In view of the highly infectious nature of the virus causing Covid-19, there shall be no mass gatherings. Hence, this year the Ministry is encouraging people to practice Yoga at their homes with participation from the entire family,” Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relation, said.

This year, the event will highlight the utility of Yoga for individuals, to develop immunity to combat the global pandemic and strengthen the community in managing some of the significant aspects of this crisis, he added.

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