Battling crime day in and day out, Delhi's policemen are a stressed out lot. To beat that stress, the men in khaki have begun turning to yoga. After yoga classes showed positive results at one police station, Delhi Police are planning to take them to more men in the capital.
"Our men daily deal with crime, criminals and work for abnormal hours on occasion. All this is bound to lead to stress," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest Delhi) P Karunakaran said.
The yoga camp at Jahangirpuri police station was Karunkaran's initiative. At the camp, held between March 18 and April 2, nearly 35 police personnel participated. The exercise will spread to the district's 17 police stations. "We got a very good response, and now similar yoga camps can be organised in other police stations across the city," Karunakaran added. Delhi has 180 police stations.
"I am getting positive feedback from participants that they felt a change in themselves after attending the yoga classes," said Assistant Sub-Inspector Pushpendra Kumar, who conducted the class. He said the men found it "very helpful".
"We could notice the slight changes in them due to yoga. They look more tension-free, relaxed and have more energy. We also noticed an improvement in their day-to-day health problems, including depression," Kumar said. Another senior police officer said, "Such classes also help in increasing the working capacity."
The idea was explored when it was noticed that policemen were feeling stressed out due to overwork. There were complaints of sleep-related problems, headaches and indigestion.
"A policemen has to be on duty for more than 10 hours a day, especially those on the law and order duties or posted at a police station. Yoga is very helpful in relaxing and rejuvenating the person," Constable Satender Singh, who attended the classes, told IANS.