"I think yoga is essential for every individual. I am confident that after the workshop, the participants will feel nice and find a change in themselves," Fadnavis said after inaugurating a one-day yoga workshop for Mumbai Police at Prena Hall in south Mumbai.

Fadnavis said everybody knows the importance of yoga, but they hardly practice it. "I think the police department should regularly do yoga," he said.

He assured that the government was with the police in good and bad times, and that it was initiating all possible measures to boost the confidence and morale of the department.

"Usually police personnel remain awake for others, ensure the programmes of others are held successfully and work day and night to maintain law and order. I know Mumbai Police, one of the top police departments in the world, while performing their duty they face stress and pressure," he said.

"They do not get to do anything for themselves. Police never organise any programme for themselves as they do not get time. I am happy that this one-day course has been organised by Mumbai Police for their personnel," he said.

As many as 60 personnel from different police stations across the city are participating in the course in an effort to reduce stress endured by them.

Yoga brings positive energy to the body and thinking, the Chief Minister said.

"Of late, the entire world is looking towards the yoga and even United Nations has recognised its significance. People are using exercise equipment or going to gym to maintain good health. However, yoga goes one step further as it not only heals the body, but even the thoughts," the CM
said.

Mumbai Police Chief Rakesh Maria said, "Strong and healthy mind and body are necessary in the police department to protect the society." "We face pressure while trying to meet expectations of the society, the government and the seniors," Maria said.

He assured the chief minister that the police force would do its best to fetch more results in future.

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