Yoga can help one achieve a mind that can handle stress, and find relaxation in the most chaotic hours. Yoga Break, a yoga-based mobile application will be launched by the Ministry of AYUSH today, September 1 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Yoga Break or Y-Break app is focused on office-going individuals and aims to help them in destressing amid workload.
The Ministry of AYUSH is observing several activities as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations to commemorate the 75th Year of Independence. Seven ministers including Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Minister of Ayush, Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya; Union Minister of Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju; Union I&B Minister, Anurag Singh Thakur; Union Minister of State (I/c), Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh will be present at the launch.
Concept behind Y-Break
It is common for people at work to get caught up with the workload and face stressful situations exposing them to mental health risks. The Ministry of AYUSH has conceptualized Y-break around the fact that office goers need a break to de-stress, focus and relax amid work. It is helpful for all workaholics including government and private employees to de-stress, refresh and re-focus with enhanced immunity at their workplaces.
It is relevant to working professionals across the world. Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi, Director, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, while talking to Prasar Bharati said that yoga is a stressbuster, adding that one has to be stress-free in order to work efficiently. The first thing Yoga does is free up the clutter of the mind.
Yoga practices like pranayam and dhyana help in relieving stress by leveling breathing patterns and relaxing the mind. Further, the forward and backward bending yoga poses and stretches help with spine and neck pain issues that come with long sitting hours of desk jobs.
About the mobile application
The launch of the Y-Break application is one of the most important activities planned by the Ministry of Ayush in the celebration of the 75th Year of Independence. The Y-Break mobile application is a 5 minute-yoga protocol that includes asanas, pranayam, and dhyana.
The Y-Break mobile application has been developed by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY). It has been developed by experts under a tested protocol. Through the app, one can perform yoga and meditation anywhere in a span of five minutes.
The protocol comprises of a few simple yogic practices such as Tadasana, Ardhachakrasana, Bhramari Pranayama, to name a few. The module was launched in January 2020 on a pilot project basis in six major metro cities in coordination with different stakeholders. Additionally, a total of 15 days trial was conducted by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in collaboration with six leading yoga institutes of the country, wherein a total of 717 participants from different private and government bodies participated in it.
About 600 participants including eminent yoga practitioners, scholars, policymakers, bureaucrats, yoga enthusiasts, and experts of allied sciences will be participating in the launch of the App. Further, the Ministry will also be conducting a webinar on the Y-break application on September 5.
Other Mental Health initiatives by AYUSH
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time and again said that Yoga has given a way for holistic health and a happier way of life. Yoga plays a preventive, as well as promotive role in the healthcare of the masses. The Ministry of AYUSH has been upfront with initiatives to promote mental health among the citizens. Mental health imbalances may be the result of external and internal factors. Some of these initiatives include:
Awareness programs: the Ministry as part of its awareness campaigns, has been organizing lectures, webinars, and seminars to reach out and create awareness to school and college students.
Launch of WHO M-Yoga app: On the occasion of the 7th International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘WHO M-Yoga’ App. The app provides videos of yoga training and practice based on common Yoga protocols in different languages. One of the focus areas of the M-Yoga project includes yoga for mental health and resilience.
COVID19 helpline: The Covid pandemic has also put focus on taking care of our mental health. The Ministry of AYUSH has been running Covid19 counceling helpline number to address queries of the citizens.
Other planned events
The Ministry of Ayush has also planned a series of events and campaigns in the week-long programme from August 30 to September 5 to celebrate the Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav, including the distribution of Ayush prophylactic medicines, plantation of medicinal plants, and conducting a series of sensitization lectures for school and college students.