The East Godavari District Yoga Association hosted the 25th State-level yoga championship at the District Sports Authority stadium here that concluded on Monday. The Nizamabad team adjudged as the overall champion, while the teams from West Godavari and Hyderabad districts stood in the second and third positions respectively.

Presenting prizes to the winners, former Chairman of the East Godavari Zilla Parishad Ch. Srinivasa Gopalakrishna said regular practice of yoga would help people get rid of the tensions of daily life, besides improving the levels of concentration. Mr. Gopalakrishna said yoga would help everyone improve their physical and mental health.

President of the District Olympic Association Y.D. Rama Rao said yoga replicates the Indian culture and it was heartening to note that many foreigners too were practicing it. Founder of Rayavarapu Satyabhama Seva Sangham Rayavarapu Satyabhama, president and secretary of the association P. Kanaka Raju and Ch. Chitti Babu, respectively, were present.