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CII Rolls Out Yoga Mats for Indian Industry
Jun 19, 2015

In a huge campaign spreading across the country, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing Yoga sessions for Indian industry on the International Day of Yoga, 21st June 2015. Several thousand representatives of Indian industry, including CEOs, employees and family members are rolling out their Yoga mats to practice this ancient Indian exercise.

“CII congratulates the Government of India for recognition of Yoga at the United Nations and wholeheartedly supports the efforts for its international popularization. Yoga, which originated in India, prevents incidence of non-communicable diseases which seriously impact social and economic development.” said Mr Sumit Mazumder, President, CII.

“CII has long been active in promoting public health awareness among employees of Indian companies. The International Day of Yoga is a chance to re-emphasize Indian industry’s engagement with holistic health outcomes which are critical to overall national productivity and competitiveness,” stated Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII.

CII, which has 62 offices in the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Regions as well as the North East Region, is partnering with ISHA Foundation founded by Sadhguruto hold Yoga sessions in industrial hubs. Iyengar Institute, Art of Living, and other Yoga institutes are also collaborating with CII. 

The CII Central Office is celebrating International Day of Yoga with a discourse by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva in New Delhi.CII Eastern Region is hosting Yoga sessions at SNECL, Salt Lake, in Kolkata with 200 industry members. About 400 participants are expected to take part in Jamshedpur, Raipur, Bhubaneswar, and Patna.

In Mumbai, CII Western Region is partnering with Iyengar Institute for Yoga practice. Sessions will also be held at Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Goa, Pune, among other cities.In the Northern Region, CII is hosting sessions and workshops in Chandigarh, Delhi, Amritsar, and Ludhiana, as well as Baddi in Himachal Pradesh.

The Southern Region is organizing Yoga practice at 9 cities, including Bengaluru and Chennai. About 1500 practitioners are expected to take part.

The declaration of 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations recognizes the benefits of India’s ancient heritage as a physical, mental and spiritual practice for prevention of non-communicable diseases. It is estimated that every year, about 5.8 million people in India succumb to non-communicable diseases such as heart and lung ailments, stroke, cancer and diabetes. These add to national health costs and also impact labour motivation and productivity adversely. India was the first country to adopt specific targets under the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020 of the World Health Organization in January this year.


New Delhi 
19th June 2015

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