INDIA: The Minister of State, The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, Sh. Kiren Rijiju recently stated in a written reply in the Lok Sabha that The Ministry of AYUSH through its autonomous body namely Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi has started a Yoga Volunteer Training Program on Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) from February 2021.
The program divides Common Yoga Protocol into short modules viz. appreciation, introduction, and volunteer program allowing persons of varying capabilities to gradually learn and adopt Yoga. It is a monthly training module and would be repeated every month till the month of June 2021.
The objectives of this program are as under:
- To increase mass awareness about the health benefits of Yoga.
- To introduce basic well-being principles and practices to common people.
- To promote positive health through Yoga.
- To propagate Yoga for preventive practice as an approach to holistic health.
The Ministry of AYUSH takes up various activities for the promotion of Yoga through its three autonomous bodies namely Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), New Delhi, and National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune.
Further, the Ministry of AYUSH has intensified its digital and online activities for Yoga Education and Training to the aspirants and practitioners of Yoga. In addition, various steps are taken through autonomous bodies for popularising the adoption of Yoga both within the country and abroad including the followings:
Availability of sufficient online resources on the digital platforms like the Yoga Portal and the social media handles i.e YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to provide ample opportunities for the people to learn Yoga from their homes.
A Year-long calendar has been created where various Yoga related information is provided by various Leading Yoga Institutions.
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has been granted the status of Personnel Certification Body (PrCB) to promote and popularise the adoption of Yoga abroad.
Every year International Day of Yoga (IDY) observation in the country is led by Hon’ble Prime Minister himself and millions of people all over the country follow CYP demonstrated by him.
Furthermore, online discourses on Yoga by prominent Yoga gurus and experts were organised as a part of the promotional campaign for IDY 2020. As part of IDY observation for the year 2020, the Ministry also organised the ‘My Life, My Yoga (MLMY)’ i.e. the Jeevan Yoga video blogging contest with attractive prizes for the winners and runners-up in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in which contestants from 130 countries participated. For this the Ministry had activated all the Indian Missions and Posts abroad to promote and MLMY and Yoga at Home Yoga with Family actively. Prominent celebrities from the entertainment industry gave promotional messages on Yoga, encouraging the people to be active participants from their homes in the IDY.
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