The promotion for yoga in Gujarat has not ended with the Yoga Day celebrations. Even after June 21, yoga is set to be promoted across the state through the department of AYUSH, the Lakulish Yoga University and various other education institutes.
After actively promoting yoga and training people in the wake of International Day for Yoga (IDY), the department of AYUSH has decided to push yoga not only as a mind and body fitness module, but also as a cure for various diseases.
To be flagged off as a pilot project this month, the disease-oriented yoga sessions would be held at ayurvedic hospitals in Ahmedabad, Patan, Rajkot and Limdi (Dahod). Depending upon the response, it would be replicated in the rest 34 ayurvedic hospitals in the state.
“This time, we want to take yoga a step ahead from fitness and spread awareness among the public that it could cure various lifestyle disorders like diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems and even various mental problems. The state government approval has already been received for this project,” said Dr Kandarp Desai, director state’s department of AYUSH.
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Apart from trained yoga teachers, a team of AYUSH doctors would scrutinise the applications for a medical history and status to decide whether to allow them to attend the yoga sessions or not.
Unlike regular yoga camps, this would be only once a week and carried out for a year. The department of AYUSH would rope in specialised yoga instructors as well as take help from various NGOs in spreading awareness on this disease-oriented camp, confirmed Dr Desai. “Modalities would be worked out in a day or two as we want to start this in July,” he added.
Recently, the department of AYUSH had organised a six-day yoga camp at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. Nearly 3,000 participants took free of cost yoga training in the camp.
1. Yoga sessions for civil service aspirants and government employees: The Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) for the first time is offering two separate yoga courses — for both its students and the general public. The institute, which offers various training programmes for aspirants of central and state civil service examinations as well as mid-career training to government employees, included yoga too in its training module from July 1.
“For the general public, it would be on the first-come-first-serve basis as we have a limited capacity of 100 participants. Beyond that, any interested person have to wait. While the idea of introducing this course for the students and employees staying at the institute hostel is their physical and mental well-being, for the public, it is to open the campus garden for them,” said director general Vipul Mittra.
2. MoUs with various private universities: The Lakulish Yoga University on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway has signed MoUs with various private (non-yoga) universities. Under the MoUs, the Lakulish varsity would train students of other universities at their campus.
The MoUs have been signed with Raksha Shakti University, Nirma University, Swami-narayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratisthanam and Bhagvad Vidyapeeth. “Nearly 950 students of these institutes are enrolled in various yoga courses under the MoU. It is to facilitate these students by training them at their campus and does not require them to visit the Yoga university,” said Lakulish University vice-chancellor Dr Bansidhar Upadhyay. The yoga university has also started a post-graduate two-year degree courses of MA and MSc.