In preparation for the ‘International Day of Yoga’ on Wednesday, June 21, the Ayush ministry has issued a ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ to create general awareness toward achieving “harmony and peace through yoga”.
The Yoga Protocol is contained in a slim booklet that includes a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sections on the history of yoga, its various schools and general exercises for health and well-being.
Also included are detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to perform various ‘asanas’, along with accompanying sketches.
The booklet does add though that physicians be consulted for specific ailments.
“The information, techniques and suggestions mentioned in this yoga protocol are not a substitute for the medical advice of physician,” says a disclaimer in the Yoga Protocol.
The ministry developed the Yoga Protocol in consultation with yoga experts and heads of the eminent yoga institutions in the country.
“Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body,” says the Yoga Protocol booklet.