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Yoga good for mental health: Experts

 As the world prepares for the maiden International Yoga Day on Sunday, the practice has got 
support from leading psychiatrists, who say it to be as an efficient tool for the mental health.

While the Narendra <g data-gr-id="20">Modi-led</g> NDA government is committed to <g data-gr-id="21">promote</g> the International Yoga Day as a showcase event for India, this endorsement by the scientific community provides a boost to the practice.

Leading experts and psychiatrists expressed their optimism on the <g data-gr-id="26">practise</g> of yoga in helping tackle mental health issues in the country. Emphasising on the benefits of yoga, senior psychiatrist Sunil Mittal said: “Yoga can be an effective preventive tool in fighting stress and other mental health concerns. While it may not be an alternate to medical intervention, yoga can be beneficial as an adjunct to mainline treatment.”

Another senior psychologist Mitali Srivastava acknowledged yoga's potential in <g data-gr-id="18">personal</g> wellness plan.  Srivastava said: “Therapies are beneficial in problem-solving and decision-making strategies and also help in understanding one’s strengths and what's happening to oneself, but there are times when one just needs to get moving and work through the body; and Yoga proves to be quite helpful in this.”

Meanwhile, preparations are on in full swing for the international event, which will be organised at Rajpath in the presence of Prime Minister   Narendra Modi. Ministry of AYUSH head by Shripad Naik is the nodal body which is organising the mega event.

Prez estate to commemorate Yoga Day 
 The Rashtrapati Bhavan will commemorate the International Yoga Day on June 21, with officials and their family members participating in a mass yoga event. The event is being organised in collaboration with the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of AYUSH). Yoga practice classes were conducted for residents of the President’s Estate from June 1 to 20.

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