On the International Day of Yoga (IDY), designated by the UN General Assembly in 2014 (December) at the initiative of PM Modi, the Indian Ministry of AYUSH, in association with the Ministry of Defence as well as other ministries, planned a special event dubbed the “Ocean Ring of Yoga”, symbolising solidarity and unity.
India’s Navy has been promoting Yoga worldwide for many years. During its visits to major foreign ports, India’s naval vessels conduct Yoga sessions, spreading the essence of the benefits yoga brings to living a healthy lifestyle.
This year, in support of IDY 23, Indian Navy vessels that are deployed in the Indian Ocean area will be visiting ports of some foreign countries, including Phuket (in Thailand), Chattogram (in Bangladesh Jakarta (in Indonesia), ), Safaga (in Egypt), Mombasa (in Kenya), Muscat (in Oman), Toamasina (in Madagascar), Colombo (in Sri Lanka), and Dubai (in the UAE).
Ships like Kiltan, Shivalik, Chennai, Sunayna, Tarkash, Trishul, Vagir, Brahmaputra, and Sumitra will participate in sending out the message Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which is the theme of IDY 23.
Under the initiative of IDY 23 Ocean Ring of Yoga, nearly 3,500 naval personnel from 19 Indian Naval vessels have successfully travelled more than 35,000 kilometres as ambassadors of Yoga in national and international waters. This includes more than 2,400 personnel on 11 Indian Navy vessels at foreign ports and international waters.
Notably, the celebrations for IDY are planned on the ships of multiple foreign Navies, in collaboration with the overseas Missions, involving over 1,200 foreign Navy personnel.
The IDY-23 activities that are conducted by Indian Naval vessels at foreign ports desire involving the vessel’s crew members and personnel from the host nation. The focus is on the Common Yoga Protocol (abbreviated the CYP), which aims to raise awareness of Yoga on an international scale and highlight its potential to enhance physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. These efforts contribute to the worldwide adoption of Yoga.
IDY activities are underway at the naval ports, bases, establishments, and vessels. Yoga sessions and other related activities, including the practice of CYP, have been taking place daily to gear up for the final event on 21 June.
The Navy is also promoting Yoga awareness campaigns to encourage maximum participation by defence civilians, naval personnel, and families. Mass camps, poster-making competitions, workshops, quizzes, and lectures on the benefits of Yoga are being carried out across the Navy.
References: Financial Express, NDTV, ETV Bharat
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