Yoga is a 6000 plus years old physical, spiritual and mental practice – aimed at transforming the body and mind – plus it is beneficial in various ailments. Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being as also ensures wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising yoga which include promoting healing, better health and longevity. The life changing benefits of Yoga have been found very beneficial for soldiers of Indian Army in performance of their duties.
In view of the multitude of advantages which accrue from following a scientifically sound Yoga programme, Western Command has taken this opportunity to coordinate a large scale event in all its stations on 21 Jun 15. Over 3 lakh service personnel and their families will participate in this mega event at various locations in Western Command as per timings given by AYUSH Ministry from 7 amto 7.35 am. At Chandimandir, the main event is being organised at Raina Stadium where an approximate strength of 2500 is likely to attend. As a run up to the actual event the units and formations of the Western Command have organized various Yoga awareness programmes, talks, lectures and demonstrations for the service personnel and families. A session was held at Satwari Cantonment Jammu on 18 June 2015 and another one is being held at Mamun Cantonment at Pathankot on 20 June 2015.
Lt Gen KJ Singh, as my Commander, Western Command and other senior officers will also be attending the event at various places along with their wives and children. The aim of observing the International Yoga Day in various military stations under Western Command will be to motivate all to ensure SWASTH BHARAT. The programme will be followed by a Medical Camp for health checkups for the participants.
The IDY-2015 logo reflects harmony and peace for humanity which is the essence of Yoga. Yoga is the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness, thereby achieving perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature – in effect a holistic approach to health and well-being. The various elements in the logo symbolize the five elements of Earth, Nature, Water and Fire with the Sun symbolizing the source of energy and inspiration.