Yoga break is soon to become a must for corporates in India. It would become part of office schedules, if India Inc. accepts a suggestion by the government. The AYUSH Ministry has asked business chambers and other corporate bodies to make a 30-minute break, mandatory for their employees.
Highlighting the benefits of yoga in lowering stress, Ministry of AYUSH has suggested corporate houses to encourage the physical exercise regime. To begin with, the ministry has requested participation of the corporate world on Yoga Day on June 21.
"We have invited all corporate houses to participate in Yoga Day this year because employees in the corporate sector face a lot of stress. It will be a good opportunity for them to release their stress with yoga,” said Anil Kumar Ganeriwala, Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH.
“Also, we have written to corporate bodies like the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for releasing a circular in corporate offices associated with them to include a 30-minute mandatory yoga programme for their employees,” he added.
“AYUSH ministry is ready to provide with all the necessary help to the corporate sector as and when required. We have realized that employees working in the private sector are very stressed, especially in metropolitan cities. They are always under pressure be it because of their long working hours, sitting postures or travelling time. They need to be rejuvenated and yoga can be the answer for them,” said Ganeriwala.
"As youth is the future of India, they need a life without stress. Many corporate houses have started optional yoga programmes. We suggest making it mandatory for the employers to start these programmes for at least half an hour,” he said.