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Western Naval Command celebrates IDY 2022

By A Draft Colaba Correspondent

On the occasion of the eighth International Day of Yoga (IDY 2022), which coincides with the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Western Naval Command units conducted yoga camps on 21 June 2022 from 0700 to 0830 hours as per the Common Yoga Protocol promulgated by the Ministry of Ayush. Over 10,000 naval personnel and defence civilians (including family members) participated in these camps organised in various naval units in Mumbai, Karwar, Goa, Porbandar and Okha. 

BY THE BAY: Naval personnel doing yoga at Marine Drive on International Day of Yoga 2022
Indian Navy's Western Naval Command has always encouraged its personnel and families to pursue and excel in sports, adventure and physical fitness activities. Time and again, naval personnel have brought laurels to the service and the nation in a variety of sporting fields. 

Yoga as a discipline has been integral to the Command's list of top physical and mental wellness regimens and has been practised on a daily basis onboard ships and in shore establishments. In addition, yoga coaching camps have been conducted at NOFRA and Navy Nagar in Mumbai for the last six months.

STRIKING A POSE: A yoga session being held at Naval Dockyard in Colaba on IDY 2022
Yoga was also conducted by naval personnel onboard naval ships on the high seas and in foreign ports with great enthusiasm, showcasing the benefits of this ancient discipline to audiences across the oceans. Special yoga sessions were also conducted for children of Navy Children Schools across the Command to inculcate a spirit of discipline and well-being in them. 

Around 500 children of Naval Children School, Mumbai participated in the yoga session conducted in their school. The onset of the Southwest monsoon did not dampen the spirits of naval personnel and their families that participated in large numbers in camps conducted across the Western Naval Command.

IN SYNC: Navy Children School students doing yoga at Navy Nagar in Colaba
In the run up to the event, Yoga camps were also conducted on 19 and 30 May 2022 by a variety of certified Yoga instructors at eight different locations in South Mumbai. Activities like display of banners and standees, quiz and photography competitions, seminars, workshops and lectures were conducted by various units to promote Yoga awareness in the month preceding the IDY 2022. Prominent naval buildings were also illuminated to celebrate the occasion.

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