Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 July 2019

You need to see these photos of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police doing dog and horse yoga

The force are specialists in high-altitude rescue missions and yoga is a part of their 'daily routine'

A ITBP troop in Panchkula performs yoga with one of their horses. Instagram / ITBP_Official
A ITBP troop in Panchkula performs yoga with one of their horses. Instagram / ITBP_Official

We've done yoga on a stand-up paddleboard, and that was challenging enough, but the Indo-Tibetan Border Police have taken things one step further, practicing the demanding discipline's poses atop a horse and with dogs:

The patrol are the first responders during natural disasters in the Himalayas, and regularly rescue people stuck at high altitude and in the extreme cold. They also man the borders and monitor smuggling.

For International Yoga Day this weekend, the force – of which there are around 89,000 active personnel – performed yoga across India, in the many different locations in which they are based. They shared their many different yoga routines on social media to celebrate the day, showcasing the diverse range of landscapes that they work in.

They say they regularly perform yoga to keep fit, which they have to be, considering many of them work at such high altitude.

Here, their canine friends are doing a fantastic downward dog:

 Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official
Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official

Here are more photos of the horse and dog session:

 Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official
Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official
 Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official
Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official
 Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official
Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police's dog and horse yoga. Photo: Twitter/ITBP_official

Here is a session held at 14,000 feet near Rohtang Pass (where it was -10 degrees Celsius):

This group performed yoga high up in the Himalayas at Himachal Pradesh:

Here is a river yoga session near Teju, Lohitpur:

This group is in Navidhang, Uttarkhand:

Here's a practice on the beach in Kerala:

This session was performed with troops and local residents in Dharchula, Uttarakhand:

Here is a session by the 21st battalion in Srinagar:

This video was taken at the Vasudhara Glacier:

This tweet shows the diversity of the landscape:

This beautiful landscape is in Thakung in Laddakh:

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Updated: June 24, 2019 12:43 PM

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