A Yoga program marking the Countdown to the International Yoga Day 2022 was held at the iconic Heritage Building Premises of the Southern Railway General Manager’s Office today. The Countdown to the International Yoga Day 2022 was also organised as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Along with Principal Heads of Departments and their officers and Staff, the program was attended by Shri B.G.Mallya, General Manager (I/C) Southern Railway, Smt V.G.Bhooma, Principal Executive Director, Human Resources, Railway Board, Shri Prafulla Verma, Chief Administrative Officer, Construction, Shri K.Harikrishnan, Principal Chief Personnel Officer, Shri Ganesh, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, and other Officers.
Railway Yoga Experts and Ayush Consultants guided the program of exercises along the lines of Common Yoga Protocol.
Addressing the gathering, Shri B.G.Mallya, General Manager, Southern Railway said that Yoga has to become a way of life for all, to reap the benefits of keeping the body fit through Yoga. He said that Yoga played a crucial role in keeping Covid at Bay during the recent pandemic in Yoga practitioners who practiced the Yogic breathing exercises to keep their bodies healthy against Covid induced sickness.
The theme for this year’s International Day of Yoga 2022 is “Yoga for Humanity”. As a precursor to IDY2022, a countdown event at 75 heritage/ iconic sites of tourist importance across the country promoting India Branding (Monument in the Background) has been organised. In Southern Railway, the General Manager’s Office Building, which is celebrating its Centenary this year, was chosen as the backdrop to the Countdown Program. Central Railway and Western Railway too joined with Southern Railway in conducting the program in a co-ordinated way. The event was live streamed on YouTube channel of Southern Railway.
Various Concepts of Well Being through Yoga were popularised to the audience in the form of exercises and words of wisdom. Various Yoga postures were taught and exercised such as Full body stretches-Tad Asana, hand exercise, neck exercise, back exercise - forward bending, side stretching, pranayama, etc., as part of the common Yoga Protocol.