Yoga Day: State's 18,000 prisoners celebrating it too

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2015 21:58 IST

About 18,000 prisoners in 19 jails across the state will also be doing yoga on June 21, the International Yoga Day, when, besides India, 192 other countries will also be organising gatherings for the ancient exercise form.

An initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the central government has applied to the Guinness World Records.

The state government has asked jail authorities to make preparations for the celebrations on Sunday and ensure participation by all prisoners.

Following the instructions, all the 19 jails have started contacting yoga trainers to teach prisoners techniques like asanas, 'pranayam' and 'dhyan'.

"The practice sessions have already been started in all the jails of the state," inspector general of police (prisons) Jagjit Singh told the Hindustan Times.

"As Yoga is a routine practice in the jails, there are also several prisoners who can train the others too, and if required the jail authorities will also contact local trainers for the Yoga Day," he added.

At a few jails, the authorities have also decided to provide healthy food to the inmates to prepare them for the mega day.
"With the help of an NGO, we will also provide amla murabba to all 1,432 prisonsers after the yoga training," said Dayanand Mandola, superintendent of the Rohtak district jail.

Yoga trainers in demand

Although the government's announcement to organise Yoga Day functions in all the districts has kept the officials on their toes while making preparations, some are definitely feeling more important than ever before - yoga trainers.

Several private schools, government employees and now even the jails are contacting the trainers ahead of the main function.
"I have been practising yoga since 1952, but this is the best time for the yoga trainers as people are trying to seek our assistance, but we cannot be everywhere at the same time," said trainer Hawa Singh Saini, 77, who's been hired by the Rohtak district jail.

"At this age I cannot do more than one or two classes, but I will send my students to other institutes and I myself will go to Rohtak Jail. I will also hold an open yoga camp at Mansarowar park in Rohtak, where about 1,000 people from the city are likely to attend the camp on June 21," he added.

Another master, Yogacharya Ved Pal Shashtri has been contacted by the Sonepat Jail to provide week-long training to 900 prisoners there.

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