Adopt Yoga as integral part of lifestyle, says LG

Srinagar : Urging people to adopt Yoga as integral part of lifestyle, Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory (UT) Lt Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha on Friday unveiled the videos on yoga protocol in Dogri and Kashmri.

He asked people to follow the guidelines of health department, avail benefits of Yoga videos and spread the message of ‘Be with Yoga, Be at Home’.

An official spokesman said Friday afternoon that LG Sinha unveiled the Yoga videos in Dogri and Kashmiri languages based on Common Yoga Protocol issued by Ministry of AYUSH in a virtual function held here at Raj Bhavan.

The videos will be telecast on TV Channels and Social media platforms, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, the LG emphasised that practicing Yoga keeps us healthy and happy and this has become more evident to all of us in the last one and half years.

He said that due to the noble initiative of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had taken a historic decision in 2014 to declare the 21st of June as the International Day of Yoga (IDY). There is worldwide acceptance of Yoga now and it is a matter of pride for our country, as Yoga is an Integral part of our cultural heritage, he added.

Mr Sinha stressed that every citizen should do Yoga everyday to lead a healthy, stress free life and boost immunity. He called upon everyone to adopt Yoga as integral part of lifestyle for improving health and spiritual & emotional wellness particularly during the COVID-19 times and continue to practice Yoga beyond IDY-2021 as well.

‘Yoga is the traditional science of mindfulness, consciousness and awareness. Health, wellness and global peace cannot be imagined without an aware and empathetic mind as enshrined in the Yogic principles of Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi- Asthanga Yoga,’ observed the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor urged everyone to follow the guidelines given by Health department and spread the message of ‘Be with Yoga, Be at Home’. He further appealed to avail benefits of Yoga videos being telecast on TV channels and social/digital media links of – Directorate of ISM (AYUSH) under the aegis Health & Medical Education Department.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo while delivering the welcome address said that Yoga plays an important role in prevention of diseases, promotion of health and holistic well-being of a person.

It was informed that, Health and Medical Education Department, J&K (Directorate of ISM, J&K) is celebrating Yoga Week with effect from June 14th 2021 by organizing online sessions on common yoga protocol and educative programs on Yoga which are being telecast on various TV channels and are also available on various social and digital media platforms viz. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Yoga Week is being celebrated in collaboration with School Education, Higher Education, Youth Services & Sports and Skill Development Departments which are organising Online Competitions at District levels and winners will be awarded with prizes.