We just mentioned yesterday how yoga can help condition your body to increase chances of survival in the event of an emergency, including police emergencies when a weapon needs to be drawn and there’s no room for error. Today there’s news that takes this idea a huge lunge further – yoga soldiers! A study is being conducted in India, a country with the second largest military after China, where soldiers’ daily 90-minute exercise regimens are supplanted with 50 minutes of yoga. And the results have been patently positive – steadier hands, stronger grips, leaner muscles. Yoga ninja, anyone?
OK, so to us it makes perfect sense – yoga promotes a nimble mind and body, two things very much required on the battlefield – but we can’t quite imagine how ahimsa (non-violence) could factor into this. Though, in dreamland we can’t help imagining yoga soldiers of the world dropping their weapons and uniting in yoga practice, together in peace. Ah, maybe someday.