Sunday, June 21, 2015

Indian Navy Takes To Yoga

Indian Navy joined Prime Minister along with other countrymen and the International community across the globe in wholeheartedly celeberating the first International Yoga Day on 21 Jun 15. Reports of celeberations have been pouring in from various Naval Units and the Ships at sea. The enthusiasm of day is depicted in various photographs published below:-

Onboard INS Viraat

Onboard INS Kamorta

Onboard INS Shakti

IMSC, Western Naval Command, Colaba Mumbai

INS Betwa

INS Satpura

INS Ranvir

INS Sunayna

Naval Premises Delhi

“Yoga Aross the Oceans” - International Yoga Day Observed Throughout Indian Navy 

The strength of the Indian Navy is its highly motivated, disciplined and well trained personnel who are ever-ready to serve the nation even in the most demanding situations. Naval personnel sail onboard ships and submarines at sea for extended durations in challenging conditions. This inevitably leads to physical and mental stress, which gets compounded due to the prolonged separation from their families during operational deployments. The challenge gets accentuated as naval personnel onboard warships and submarines at sea do not have the luxury of open space and equipment to perform regular physical fitness activities. The Indian Navy, therefore, pays special emphasis on the physical well being and mental alertness of its personnel. 

The human system is a seamless blend of body, mind and spirit. It is a well documented fact that Yoga is a science of well being, youthfulness which integrates the mind, body and soul and a few minutes of Yoga on a daily basis helps increase the energy levels and uplifts the spirit. Conduct of Yoga, in addition to improving the immunity of a person, also enhances mind-body coordination, thereby resulting in a higher degree of concentration, which is of utmost importance for men in uniform. Consequently, Yoga forms an integral part of daily physical training at sea. Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) in the Indian Navy are imparted training in both the practice and teaching of Yoga and are appointed to every ship and submarine at sea. The PTIs oversee the daily conduct of physical training onboard ships, including Yoga, which has gained tremendously in popularity over the years. 

Recognising the benefits of Yoga, the Indian Navy has declared ‘Yoga across the Oceans’ as its theme for the first International Yoga Day and various benefits of Yoga were amply demonstrated by the conduct of Yoga onboard all Indian Naval ships deployed from the South China Sea in the East to the Mediterranean Sea in the this morning. 

Indian Navy has worked very proactively for the success of the International Yoga Day Celebration on 21 Jun 15and for imbibing the Yoga culture amongst its personnel. Multi-focal activities were organised for the benefit of all personnel and their families across all the naval stations and units including onboard ships and submarines. 

In New Delhi, a week long Yoga camp was held from 14 -21 Jun 15 at INS India and residential area of naval families. Similar exercise was also carried out in all other naval stations spread across the country. In addition to the various Yoga camps, a Yoga workshop was conducted on 19th Jun 15 for the naval personnel along with their families and children. The workshop witnessed participation by personnel from all age groups including the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan. During his interaction with the media after the yoga workshop, the Naval Chief highlighted the importance of yoga for the well-being of naval personnel as the life at sea is very challenging and stressful. He also said that the Indian Navy is actively involved in spreading the message about Yoga and its benefits throughout the globe. 

A workshop on Healthy Living and Lifestyle Diseases was also inaugurated by Mrs Minu Dhowan at Nau Sena Bagh, Chanakyapuri which stressed upon the physical and mental benefits of yoga and its role in curtailing lifestyle diseases.

International Yoga Day Celebrations at Eastern Naval Command

The Eastern Naval Command observed the first International Day of Yoga by initiating multiple activities to introduce the practice of Yoga to its community and enable naval personnel accrue maximum benefit from it. The aim of these activities was to encourage naval personnel to translate the practice of Yoga into a way of life, with the overall intent of enabling them and their families achieve harmony among mind, body, emotion and energy and lead healthy and happy lives.

On Sunday, the 21st June 15, a Mass Yoga was organsied at INS Circars, where in more than 250 Naval personnel including families enthusiastically participated.  On completion of the Yoga session, participants were advised to take up Yoga on regular basis as part of their daily routine.    

As a run up to the International Yoga day, the naval units under the Eastern Naval Command were sensitised to the conduct and significance of the first International Day of Yoga. Other events conducted were daily Yoga sessions for a large number of naval personnel from the fleet last one week. Yoga picnic, environmental Yoga and Yoga Walk was also conducted for the naval families.  To encourage children of all ages to be part of the event, painting and drawing competitions was organised at naval schools. In the sidelines of the International Yoga Day, a stress management camp was also conducted for the naval personnel on Friday, 19 June 2015.

Another highlight of the event include a Yoga session onboard French Naval Ship Dixmude under the supervision of a qualified Yoga instructor, a member of the naval community at Visakhapatnam.  The French Naval Ships Dixmude (Landing Platform Dock) and Aconit (Frigate) are on a goodwill visit at Visakhapatnam from 16 June 2015.

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