Yoga classes for central government employees from April 1

Updated on Mar 21, 2015 01:31 AM IST

Yoga classes will be held for central government employees and their dependents across the country from April 1 onwards.

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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Government officials could soon be heading for early morning yoga sessions before their office hours.

The government has tied up with a government-funded yoga institute to start classes for civil servants and their families at 26 locations in Delhi, and 14 more across 8 cities.

The two-hour long classes for officials will begin from 1 April at 6:30 am sharp.

A second round will be held in the afternoon for their dependents.

The initiative — inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who credits daily yoga for his mental and physical agility — is the second this week to help officials and their families lead healthier lives.

In Delhi, the training sessions will be conducted by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Ayush. Asked about the initiative, a government official said he would have been interested to enrol but wondered how the timings would fit with the Centre’s working hours that require employees to report by 9am.

On Monday, the government announced a compact yoga-based stress management course for officials at the Cabinet Secretariat and the Department of Personnel & Training. This was, however, restricted to the middle and senior bureaucrats in these departments.

Experts from the Bengaluru-headquartered Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Sansthan (S-Vyasa) will conduct the two-day programme on stress management.

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    Aloke Tikku has covered internal security, transparency and politics for Hindustan Times. He has a keen interest in legal affairs and dabbles in data journalism.

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