27 Apr, 2022 11:26p.m.

Haryana announces Yoga break like that for central government employees


Following Yoga Break (Y-Break) for the Central Government Employees, the Haryana government has issued an advisory to all of its departments, boards, and corporations, as well as field offices, encouraging them to promote yoga by providing a 15 to 20 minute daily Yoga Break in workplaces to refresh and de-stress employees.

In a letter to all administrative secretaries, heads of departments, divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, managing directors, and chief administrators of boards and corporations and university registration, Haryana's Additional Secretary (Health) writes: "I've been told to communicate with all departments, boards, and corporations about incorporating the concept of Yoga Break (Y-Break) into government office working hours. The Y-Break Protocol is a yoga protocol that consists of only a few useful yoga practises designed to de-stress, refresh, and re-focus on work in order to increase individual productivity at work. Working professionals all over the world can benefit from the concept of Y-Break. It is a well-tested protocol that has been carefully developed by eminent experts."

The letter goes on to say, "In January 2020, the module was launched as a pilot project in six major metro cities in collaboration with various stakeholders. Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, in collaboration with six leading yoga institutes across the country, conducted a fifteen-day trial with 717 participants from various private and government organisations, and the trial was a huge success. As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Y-Break was formally launched on September 1, 2021, in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, in the presence of five central ministers."

"The protocol has received a lot of positive feedback. The mobile-based version for easy access has been developed with the goal of popularising it from a health standpoint. The Ministry of Ayush wishes to popularise it among health workers, officers, and staff across the country, highlighting its health and productivity benefits. This intervention could result in a large-scale store. The Government of India's Department of Personnel and Training has issued directives to all central government ministries and departments to promote Y Break among their employees. State governments have been asked to use the Y-Break app in their offices, according to the ministry. All departments, boards, and corporations are directed to issue directions for the implementation of Yoga Break practice in their offices through the Y-Break app devised to de-stress, refresh, and boost healthy living to increase individual productivity, as per the ministry's and Haryana government's directives "as stated in the letter

According to Saket Kumar, Director-General, Ayush Haryana, an advisory has been issued to all departments in this regard, and the project has already begun in a few locations.

Only those yoga exercises that can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes have been included in this break, according to an officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. There are some exercises that can be done while sitting in a chair and others that can be done while standing. Many employees are stressed, and as a result, they are more prone to high blood pressure and diabetes. As a result, the government has issued an advisory requiring everyone from the department head to the lowest level employee to do yoga for a period of time each day.

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