Raipur: “Yoga is a simple, affordable and easily accessible way to live a healthy life, by practicing which we can protect ourselves from the dangers of present and future”, said chief minister Bhupesh Baghel here on Monday.
He expressed these views while inaugurating the state-wide virtual Yoga practice and Yoga counseling programme on the occasion of World No-Tobacco Day.
Yoga Commission is organizing this programme with an aim to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on people, who have recovered from the diseases, people in home isolation or quarantine centers, people who have taken the first dose of vaccine, senior citizens and their families, by enhancing their immunity. Free virtual Yoga classes would be commenced from May 31 and would be conducted for a year.
On the occasion, Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that today is World No Tobacco Day and the root cause of observing this day is the concern for health of all. And now, the damage to public health caused by Corona virus has become another major concern. From today, yoga classes will be conducted regularly for a year and will be broadcasted live on social media. The recording will also be available. Anyone, at any time, can access these classes. People can also attend these yoga classes live via Zoom app, Google Meet, Cisco Webex.
Baghel said that people living in Chhattisgarh and outside can take advantage of this through social platforms. He congratulated the social welfare department and Chhattisgarh Yoga Commission for starting this program.
Presiding over the program, WCD and Social Welfare Minister Anila Bhediya said that the trend of intoxication and addiction has become frighteningly global. Under these circumstances, regular Yoga practice can really help people in getting rid of their addiction. Yoga has been an invaluable heritage of ancient Indian tradition and culture, which helps in aligning mind, body and soul. Yoga was discovered thousands of years old but even today physicians advise their patients to practice Yoga for healthy living.
On this occasion, Chief Minister also interacted with senior citizen of Kanker Sanjay Kashi, Chhattisgarh Yoga Commission Physiotherapist Dr Sharad Tiwari, Yoga instructor Pushkar Chaubey through video conferencing. A virtual demonstration of yoga practice was also performed on the occasion.
On this occasion, Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary Home Subrat Sahu, Secretary Social Welfare Department Reena Baba Saheb Kangale were present at the Chief Minister's residence office. Director Social Welfare P. Dayanand, senior officers of Chhattisgarh Yoga Commission and Social Welfare Department, citizens from different districts, yoga instructors also joined the program virtually.