Southern Railway observes International Yoga Day

A yoga session in progress at Dr MGR Chennai Central - Asanas performed by RPF personnel duly adhering to social distancing norms

Southern Railway has been observing International Yoga Day under the aegis of Ministry of Ayush since inception of the Yoga Day concept in 2014.  This year, in view of CoVid-19 crisis, Ministry of Ayush announced a new set of guidelines to be adhered by Railways in accordance with the year’s theme for International Yoga Day, i.e., ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’. 

Officers and Staff of Southern Railway participated widely in the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) demonstration live streamed by Ministry of Ayush through social media portals and TV Channels.  Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway performed a set of yoga asanas at home with his family.  Divisional Railway Managers across all the six divisions and other branch officers also participated in yoga sessions duly following the safety protocols and social distancing norms.

In Palakkad Division, Dr.Santhanakrishnan, MIE, MSc(Psy), PHD  delivered a  lecture (through video meeting) on the Importance of Yoga and Meditational Practices to be followed to fight COVID-19.  The session witnessed the participation of Officers and Staff of Palakkad Division.  Further, a special Yoga Programme for safety category staff such as Loco Inspectors and Pilots was hosted by Electrical (operations) branch through webinar.

RPF personnel took part in yoga practice sessions at Dr MGR Chennai Central, NGO Annexe Yoga hall and at various places across Chennai Division.  The members of the force are regularly participating in bi-weekly yoga sessions to keep themselves fit and healthy in this hour of need.  

A yoga session in progress at NGO Annexe, Chennai Divisional Office