Yoga across the oceans: In­dian Navy way


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.

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.

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.

In New Delhi, a week-long yoga camp was held from June 14 -21, 2015, 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 June 19, 2015 for the naval per­son­nel along with their fam­i­lies. The work­shop wit­nessed par­tic­i­pa­tion by per­son­nel from all age groups in­clud­ing the Chief of the Naval Staff, Ad­mi­ral R.K. 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.

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