Embassy of India begins online yoga class

Inspired by PM of India’s initiative

Thinley Namgay

The Embassy of India in Bhutan has started an online yoga class for all Bhutanese irrespective of yoga enthusiasts, yoga beginners or yoga practitioners since yesterday.

Ambassador of India to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj, said that the online session is also for those in self-isolation and in quarantine facility. “The online yoga classes represent a productive way to spend their time in the morning.”

Guruji KVSSN Murthy, yoga teacher of the Cultural Centre of the Embassy of India, Thimphu, will lead the online yoga asanas and postures.

“Given that we are currently encouraged to maintain physical distancing, what could be better than to bring yoga to our homes through online class,” said Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj.

The live-streamed classes are from Monday to Friday and starts at 8:30am for about 15-20 minutes.

Anyone with an internet connection, mobile or laptop or PC can join the online yoga class through Facebook page of the ‘India in Bhutan’ Facebook page.

Those who miss the live classes can access at any time convenient through the Facebook Page or You Tube channel of the Embassy of India, where the videos of these live classes will be uploaded.

“Amidst this crisis, the practice of yoga could help us de-stress, build up physical fitness, unify body, mind and spirit,” said Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj.  “Yoga can totally change one’s perspective whether one is in isolation, quarantine, practicing physical distancing or staying active in happier times.”

The Ambassador said that the idea to start the online yoga class was inspired by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who has always stressed on the importance of Yoga, an ancient Indian tradition.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his fitness routine with the public on March 30 amidst the 21-day lockdown due to coronavirus.

He shared 3D animated videos of him performing yoga on Twitter to show how he remains fit and for people to entertain themselves as they stay at their homes.

“Someone asked me about my fitness routine during this time. Hence, thought of sharing these Yoga videos,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

The Prime Minister further asked people to share their tips and ways of remaining fit during these trying times.

PM Modi tweeted that practicing yoga has been an integral part of his life for many years and that he has found it beneficial.

  A 3D animated video of the Indian PM performing yoga

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