Forest bathing for nature lovers

Forest bathing for nature lovers
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A group of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts along with MLA Dr T Rajaiah and Conservator of Forests MJ Akbar have had a ‘forest bathing’, as part of ongoing Wildlife Week celebrations.

Warangal: A group of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts along with MLA Dr T Rajaiah and Conservator of Forests MJ Akbar have had a ‘forest bathing’, as part of ongoing Wildlife Week celebrations.

The forest department has organised a nature walk programme at Inuparathigutta in Devunoor village of Dharmasagar mandal in the district marking the celebrations. College students, members of eco-clubs, Vana Seva Society, Lions Club, NSS volunteers of AVV Junior College and the locals walked through the lush green hillock.

The Conservator of Forests said ‘forest bathing’ or meditative walk through the forests has been practiced by the Japanese as an art of living. It helps to reconnect an individual with nature and in turn helps to diminish stress, elevates mood and builds a strong immune system.

The researchers, who studied the effects of forest bathing, found the feelings such as stress, anxiety and anger have been reduced among those who frequented forests often. In addition to that their levels of energy and vigour improved.

“We must love and respect nature. Walking in lush green surrounding during early hours and breathing fresh air invigorates us. One must give priority to it as we are leaning towards unhealthy lifestyles these days,” Akbar pointed out.

MLA Rajaiah, a doctor by profession, noted that the medical experts across the world have been suggesting people to adopt a regime of walking as s prescription for a healthy body and mind.

To encourage nature lovers to come for camping, the forest department has developed a trekking path at Devunoor village situated at 20 kilometres from Warangal, informed the district forest officer K Purushotham.

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