for The Hindu (India) on May 2, 2009
Moscow (PTI): Russia's former First Lady Naina Yeltsina wants every home in the country to practice yoga for a healthy lifestyle.
"I have been practicing yoga for last two years. I think it is indispensable for people above 50. It would be good if it was practiced in every Russian home," Naina Yeltsin, 77, said at a reception hosted here by the Indian Ambassador P P Shukla in honour of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar.
At the reception attended by a host of Russian celebrities, Ms. Naina was accompanied by her younger daughter Tatiana, who actually brought her to learn yoga after former President Boris Yeltsin's death two years ago.
"I am practicing Iyengar Yoga for four years now. Two years ago I convinced my mother to join yoga classes and she is very happy," Ms. Tatiana said.
Once powerful Kremlin Princess' and President Boris Yeltsin's main aide, forty-nine-year-old Ms. Tatiana underscored that more and more young people in Russia are practicing yoga.
"Young people in Russia are very conscious about a healthy life style and yoga is the key to the physical and mental harmony," Ms. Tatiana noted.