Corporate India and bankers held special sessions to celebrate the International Yoga Day across the country.
According to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), several thousands of representatives of Indian industry, some with family, participated in various cities. “In Mumbai, CII Western Region partnered with Iyengar Institute for Yoga to practice yoga during the special session. Sessions were also held in Indore, Ahmedabad, Goa and Pune, among others,” he said.
State Bank of India held a yoga session at the bank’s corporate centre in Mumbai where chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya performed yoga along with top management, employees and their family.
Bhattacharya said, “India is a country with wide diversities and opportunities to learn. Yoga spreads the message of peace and is very beneficial to health. Yoga helps us refocus our attention in a stressful life. People need to have good health to enjoy life as nothing else is as important as health.”
SpiceJet’s yoga initiative in collaboration with Isha Foundation’s “High on Yoga@35000 feet” was witnessed by over 10,000 passengers at numerous airports and on-board SpiceJet flights. On the occasion, SpiceJet crew and instructors from the Isha Foundation performed Upa yoga (a simple yet powerful style of yoga that activates the joints, muscles and energy system and incorporates pranayams), in a routine designed specifically to be done in-flight. Passengers on-board the select flights were also encouraged to participate in the yoga exercises while seated.
Around 50 dedicated Isha instructors and SpiceJet crew members who have been specially trained to perform Upa yoga undertook a 10 minute session on board select flights across the SpiceJet network. In addition to the in-flight activities, several hundred Isha Foundation volunteers also performed a simple form of Yoga, Namaskar mudra, at SpiceJet check-in counters and boarding gates at select airports.
Ajay Singh, Chairman
and Managing Director, SpiceJet Limited said, “SpiceJet is pleased to be the first airline in the world to demonstrate yoga on board. We are happy to be associated with the Prime Minister’s initiative in promoting Yoga in India.”
The programme was exclusively sketched for Boeing flights bound for destinations exceeding one and a half hours.