Spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev led the yoga session of over 500 personnel and families of the Andaman and Nicobar command at the iconic Indian Navy Floating Dock to celebrate the fifth International Day of Yoga.
“Our soldiers, here in Andaman and Nicobar, miles away from their families and the mainland, are putting their lives at stake to protect the Nation,” Sadhguru, the founder of Isha Foundation, said in his address.
“Our activities and achievements rest upon the sacrifices of these brave soldiers. It is of utmost importance to equip them with the Yogic tools of transformation for inner well-being,” he said.
The session was also attended by the commander-in-chief of Andaman and Nicobar command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma. The Sadhguru also interacted with personnel of the armed forces at another event, according to a statement from Isha Foundation.
Sadhguru also tweeted: “Yoga for Indian armed forces personnel at the first indigenously built floating dock of the Indian Navy FDN2 made this Yoga Day very special. The men & women who maintain this engineering marvel to guard the nation are the true heroes. We bow to you.”
The FDN-2 is one of India’s first indigenously designed and built floating docks of the Indian Navy. It is equipped with state-of-the-art automated systems and facilities to ensure high-quality, swift repair of warships.
The dock has the capability to handle ships up to 8000 tonnes including frigates and destroyers of the Indian Navy.
Andaman & Nicobar Command is India’s first and only joint services command of the Indian Armed Forces.
Earlier on IDY, Isha Foundation through its trained Hatha Yoga teachers, organized yoga sessions for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard at Minnie Bay, Haddo and Brichgunj also.
More than 500 personnel and families learned Isha Upa- Yoga, a simple yet powerful set of 10 practices that maintain health and balance in the system.
Last year, Isha Foundation declared ‘Yoga for Soldiers’ as its theme for IDY as Sadhguru traveled to Siachen glacier, the world’s highest battlefield and led yoga sessions for soldiers posted at high altitudes in harsh terrain.
Isha Hatha Yoga teachers have been imparting Yoga to India’s Armed and Paramilitary Forces for five years now.
Several groups from the Indian Army, Air Force, BSF, CRPF, and CISF have been trained in yoga as Isha has also hosted 300 BSF personnel for two-week residential yoga programs at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore.
In 2017, Isha Hatha Yoga teachers conducted sessions for the Indian Naval Service through their leadership establishment INS Agrani in Coimbatore to mark the International Day of Yoga.
The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies