International Yoga Day: Now, desk yoga for staff, students at SIU

Pop-ups on the computer reminding staff to get up and perform yoga stretches, along with mobile apps giving tips to students on yoga asanas, are part of new strategies to be launched at Symbiosis International University (SIU) on June 21—International Yoga Day.

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as International Yoga Day and the event is celebrated worldwide. However Dr Rajiv Yeravdekar, Dean, Faculty of Health and Bio Medical Sciences, SIU, said that instead of just conducting a one-off session where all delegates passively follow demos of yoga asanas, the institute has now come out with a series of measures to help its staff and students integrate yoga in their daily lives.

In the wake of rising incidences of lifestyle-related disorders, especially stress and other disorders, yoga with its threefold maxim of relaxing the body, slowing down breath and calming the mind is the ideal medium to promote wellness, Yeravdekar said.

 “We have proposed to focus on ‘Yog literacy’ and educate 25,000-30,000 students across the institute’s campuses at Pune, Bengaluru, Noida, Nashik and Hyderabad. Some 2,500 staff would also receive tips online on how to perform yoga at their workstations,” the dean added.

“We are planning a survey among students to understand their knowledge and attitude towards yoga. It is important for us to understand what their perception about this ancient practice is. Lack of time and work pressure are the constant excuses for not taking up this exercise,” Yeravdekar further said

“Our focus this year would, therefore, be to educate staff and students across SIU at their work stations/desks where they would be taught asanas that can be practiced at the desk itself. As part of continued education/ training, a pop-up would appear on the desktop/laptop of each staff member at designated timings of the day, reminding him/ her about specific asanas that can be practiced at his/her workplace,” the dean added.

A mobile app would also be introduced which can be downloaded, and which would serve as a self-training guide to practice asanas. A year ago, SIU had launched the Symbiosis Centre for Yoga. The objective was to promote the practice of Yoga and offer training programmes in Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation. This year SIU announced the launch of SYMYOGA-acertificate programme combining various approaches to yoga, a certificate programme in yog therapy (separate for medicos and non-medicos).

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