International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated at Eastern Naval Command (ENC), where nearly 22,000 naval personnel, Defence Civilians and their family members enthusiastically participated in Yoga programmes on June 21, 2022. Personnel onboard ships and submarines at sea also practised Yoga as part of the celebration. The Yoga session started with the opening prayer followed by standing and sitting yoga postures, pranayama, breathing techniques and meditation which was based on the Common Yoga Protocol released by the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India.
All units under the ENC spread across the Eastern Seaboard from West Bengal to Tamil Nadu participated in various Yoga related activities. Special Yoga sessions were also conducted in unique forms and places including Aqua Yoga in the swimming pool, Airfield Yoga at INS Dega, Hilltop Yoga at Dolphin Hill, Yoga in Hospital at INHS Kalyani and Yoga in community centres at residential colonies. Special yoga-related quizzes and competitions, and lectures by yoga experts for adopting Yoga as a way of life were also organized as part of the IDY-22.
Yoga has also been made an integral part of morning fitness routines being carried by all units of ENC and not limited to the IDY alone. To introduce the benefits of this ancient art to young children, Yoga is being conducted regularly and has also been included in the curriculum in schools under the ENC. All personnel resolved to make yoga a way of life.