AS ONE understands the mind, the body will relax; that is what yoga is all about, says Dr Adrian Suresh Anthony John.
The Anti-Ageing Yoga & Wellness Malaysia president believes that yoga and meditation are also useful to complement conventional forms of physical exercises.
“Many people who do a lot of cardio exercises sometimes injure themselves.
“Yoga and meditation can help improve their endurance through stretching and proper breathing exercises, ” he said, adding that many people turned to yoga to exercise at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It helps to keep them fit despite staying for longer periods at home due to the movement restrictions, ” said Adrian, who is also a certified international yoga instructor.
He was appointed the new consultant and head for Modern Yogic and Meditative Sciences unit at the Malaysian Association of Natural Medicine Practitioners (MANMP).
This was made official during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Sutra Foundation in Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Ahmad Lutfi Abdullah Kulandai, a consultant with MANMP who spoke on behalf of the association’s president Prof Dr Ananthan Krishnan, said Adrian was chosen because of his expertise and excellent record as a yoga trainer.
“Before this, we had a foreigner as the unit head but she had returned to her country and we had been looking for a replacement ever since.
“Prof Dr Ananthan was impressed with Adrian’s knowledge and competency, and decided that he would fill the vacant role, ” he said.
He hoped more people would learn the health benefits of yoga.
“Many people think yoga is just an ancient art from India. They do not know how to practise it.
“It is actually a very good routine that helps maintain one’s wellness, ” he said.
Adrian was grateful for the appointment and vowed to educate more people about the benefits of yoga.
“This appointment is not just about me, but for all yoga trainers who work tirelessly to keep this tradition alive, ” he said.
Also present at the MOU signing were MANMP secretary-general Dr Furizat Yahya and Sutra Foundation president Datuk Ramli Ibrahim.