With the Covid-19 pandemic bringing the importance of yoga to the fore in building immunity, relaxing body and mind besides leading to faster healing post-infection, National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has launched a two-month long yoga program online, thrice-a-week from today (June 14) for its employees and members of cooperatives from across the country.
Yoga experts from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), the unique Global Yoga University located on the suburbs of Bengaluru will conduct virtual yoga classes.
Classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 6 to 7 in the morning, till August 14 as a preparation for the International Yoga Day on 21 June, informs a press release.
The session is being held as a rural healthcare focused AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR initiative of NCDC and as part of a pact signed between NCDC with S-VYASA. Both these organisations have also agreed to jointly set up Yoga wellness centres and naturopathy facilities across the country through local cooperatives.
Yoga expert and CMO from S-VYASA Hospital, Amit Singh who will conduct the sessions said that yoga participants will be taught postures involving relaxation, physical flexibility, breathing exercises.
“Yoga’s importance in increasing immunity is known to the masses, more so in the Covid-19 situation. There have been various clinical findings which have shown that yoga can, not only boost body immunity but also ensure mental well-being of people,” he said.
The expert asserted that yoga should be seen as a science which can effectively lower stress inducing hormones, strengthen the nervous system, stimulate the lymphatic system, while removing toxins from the body.
Thanking Guruji Nagendra, Chancellor of S-VYASA for the joint program by NCDC and S-Vyasa NCDC MD Sundeep Nayak said that the program aimed at bringing benefits of yoga to rural areas. He added that the series of online yoga sessions on Sahakar Cooptube channel on YouTube is meant for the well-being of the NCDC employees across the country besides members of cooperatives in rural areas.
NCDC also runs regular Health Talk series from time to time and experts from institutions like AIIMS interact with NCDC staff and members of cooperatives.
Nayak described yoga as a blessing of the Indian heritage for the global community. Yoga Wellness centres in rural areas are expected to make good business models for cooperatives to strengthen the healthcare delivery system.