Taking a break from the hassles caused by basic amenities residents of Sector 5 in Rajendra Nagar have started practising yoga every day to help relieve stress. Every morning, as many as 40 residents gather at the Ram Manohar Lohia Park to practise yoga.
The health conscious group include working professionals as well as senior citizens.
Devendra Malik, president of Sector 5 Rajendra Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA), said,“Yoga aims to bring about healthy and better living. I believe that practising yoga helps relieve day-to-day tensions. I used to practise at the Ram Manohar Lohia Park in front of my house at 5.30am every day. Gradually, other residents also started joining me.”
Residents say the initiative has helped them come closer to nature and they feel at peace.
“At 5am, when I wake up for the yoga class, there is no pollution in the air. There is no honking either. This is the time when I feel at peace. During the session, we also meditate and this has many benefits,” said Rakesh Sharma, another resident.
The yoga sessions start at 5.30am and continue till 7.30am. Residents say practising yoga has made a great change in their lives.
“We conduct yoga classes for residents free of cost in order to increase awareness about it. Apart from residents, people from other sectors also join us. Trainers from the Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan join us every Sunday to teach us asanas,” Malik said.
Residents say the yoga sessions have also brought the whole locality together and helped them in bonding with one another.
“Every morning, I look forward to practising yoga with neighbours who have become my very good friends. The session has also helped us lead a better lifestyle and we teach the children to do the same,” said VK Giri, another resident.