Indian Army marked the International Yoga Day at Siachen Glacier, situated at the height of over 20,000 feet, by performing various ‘asanas’ in sub-zero temperature.
The Army’s Fire & Fury Corps at Siachen, Leh, Kargil and other forward posts in Jammu and Kashmir conducted yoga asanas, a statement from the military said.
Siachen Glacier is known as the world’s highest battlefield.
The Indian Army has incorporated yoga asanas into the daily routine of the soldier in high altitude areas where harsh climatic conditions prevail.
According to an official statement, practice of yoga by soldiers in such an environment helps them to combat various diseases such as high altitude sickness … psychological stresses of isolation and fatigue.
“The respiratory adaptations of pranayama (breathing exercise) help the soldiers to better adapt to the low oxygen environment in high altitude areas,” it said.
India controls the heights of Siachen. The harsh weather is said to claim more lives of Indian and Pakistani soldiers there than actual fighting.
Besides Indian Army, The Indian Navy also observed the day with its personnel performing Yoga on ships, as well as at Naval stations across the country. The Indian Air Force organised Yoga events at its bases across the country, including at Old Willingdon Camp at Race Course in Delhi.