INDIA. Mumbai: The seventh International Yoga Day, was celebrated by different units and the ships of the Indian Navy, with the theme ‘Be with Yoga – Be At Home’ by performing “asanas” and other exercises with great enthusiasm, across the country, on Monday.
The Naval personnel deployed on different ships, including the aircraft career INS Vikramaditya, the stealth guided missile frigate INS Trikand and INS Airavat, participated in the Yoga day celebration on board. Similarly, the personnel aboard the Indian Coast Guard ships- 441 and 427, the interceptor vessels, participated in the Yoga sessions.
At Western Naval Command (WNC) in Mumbai, all serving naval personnel including Defence Security Corps (DSC), the Military Engineer Services (MES), Defence Civilian Employees, and their family members participated.
An online yoga session was conducted under the aegis of the Navy Wives Welfare Association (Western Region) for the naval community in South Mumbai to encourage all personnel and their family members to practice yoga regularly for bolstering the health and boosting immunity, especially in these trying times. Various asanas were demonstrated through digital platforms and replicated by the enthusiastic participants.
Additionally, all sea-going units in the WNC also took part in celebrating the day by conducting Yoga sessions at the unit level, both at sea and in harbour, with due observance of all COVID-19 protocols. Yoga has been formally assimilated into the Navy’s physical fitness regime and has been beneficial to men at sea given the paucity of space onboard ships.
Similarly the Indian Army personnel participated in yoga sessions at different places. At the session organized in J&K’s Poonch, people of all ages, including the children, performed the yoga. Also, the Pangode Military Station (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala) celebrated International Yoga Day.
Staff and cadets of Sainik school Kazhakootam celebrated Yoga Day at their respective homes. NCC Kerala and Lakshadweep observed Yoga day virtually. Various NCC units conducted a webinar in connection with yoga and live yoga sessions throughout Kerala.
Officers, airmen, civilians, and families of Southern Air Command celebrated Yoga day at home through an online platform.