500-crore boost for Yoga?

New Delhi: The International Yoga Day and the Guinness Records that India has scripted have together breathed a fresh lease of life into the art of living on India. It was already a popular alternative to going gymming, but now, all the attention that the world has given it, might give it the boost that it had required always.

The ministry of Ayush has plans up its sleeve to popularise Yoga further, and regulate it across all strata. If reports are to be believed, a Rs 500 crore-plan is in the pipeline for infrastructure, training facilities and research of Yoga.

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“The International Day of Yoga is just a start. We want to take yoga to the remotest village of our country and to do that we need to create dedicated infrastructure, facilities and do research … Ayush ministry is working out a plan. It would require at least Rs 500 crore,” minister of state for Ayush Shripad Naik a leading daily.

 

What’s in the pipeline?

  • A taskforce to ideate and execute ways to promote and regularise yoga. This committee will include H R Nagendra, chancellor of Bangalore-based Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samasthana, also Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal yoga guru.
  • Standardize yoga techniques. There’ll also be specific diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses on yoga in different universities.
  • Creation of a centralized database for trained yoga teachers.

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