SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES FOR IDY 2020 51 DAYS TO GO

The corona crisis has offered an opportunity for the people to explore the true benefits of yoga this year. The prime Minister in his 65th Mann ki Baath program on 31st may 2020 said that “Yoga has assumed importance across the world and people who were not aware of it have also started learning it.During the corona crisis, people in Hollywood to Haridwar have become conscious of the benefits of Yoga. Sitting at their homes, people are learning about Yoga”. Yoga is good for community, immunity and unity. He further added that in times of corona crisis, its importance has increased as Yoga is mainly about strengthening the respiratory and immune system. Unlike the previous years this year the IDY is being done in the confines of your home. You may involve your family in the practice of Common Yoga protocol during IDY on 21st June 2020 between 7am to 7.45am.

  • This year’s IDY will be observed around the themes Yoga @Home and Yoga with family.
  • Organizations/ NOGs are requested to issue internal guidelines within their organization/offices giving the background of the observation of International Day of Yoga (IDY)-2020. This may be displayed prominently on their websites.
  • Organizations and NGOs are requested to use social media platforms to spread the message of IDY 2020.
  • Efforts may be taken to organize Yoga related activities such as online lectures, workshops etc. by Yoga experts, starting 3 weeks ahead of IDY. This would help in building up enthusiasm as we draw closer to 21st June, 2020.
  • Since the focus of IDY would be on yoga demonstrations based on Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), efforts may be made to familiarize the general public with CYP. Organising of training programmes of 15 day duration (one hour per day) on CYP and ensuring maximum public participation in the same is recommended using facebook, google meet or any other social media platform.
  • The Common Yoga Protocol shall be performed individually or with family within the confines of their homes on 21st June, 2020 from 7:00 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. followed by any suitable and customized 15-minute programme on Yoga.
  • Organizations/ NGOs may strive to distribute Yoga attire, Yoga Mats, Caps etc. duly having the logo of IDY to their volunteers/employees/public and encourage others to practice and adopt Yoga using social distancing norms.
  • Some competitions on Yoga-theme may also be organized to create interest among the volunteers/employees/public, especially among the younger generation like quiz, essays,etc.
  • Organizations and NGOs should encourage participants to take part in the online video vlogging competition (My Life –My Yoga) by CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR.
  • Organizations and NGOs should enlist themselves in the yoga locator app and yoga portal of Ministry of AYUSH.
  • Organization may arrange a live screening of Doordarshan’s national telecast related to International day of Yoga on 21st June, 2020, to foster the sense of participating in the nation-wide yoga movement.
  • Banners/ Cut outs on IDY- 2020 may be displayed at vantage points.
  • Online publicity campaigns on IDY2020 may be organized by using social media.
  • Organizations and NGOs should follow the social media handles and pages of Ministry of AYUSH and IDY 2020.
  • Organizations/NOGs can display Yoga Charts and standees inside their offices.
  • If the Organization is having any official newsletter, bulletin or magazine, articles and related matter about Yoga may be published.
  • Organization may encourage the employees/public to participate in quiz and other competitions being organized by Ministry of AYUSH.
  • Organization may plan long term activities related to Yoga, so that the impact of IDY-related mobilization goes on well beyond 21st June, 2020.
  • Organization and NGOs can enlist healthcare professionals and yoga experts to educate the public about preventive measures in Covid and use of Yoga through online webinars.
  • Organizations may disseminate the videos of CYP to the communities using social media accounts.
  • Organizations should strive to increase their social media presence using the hashtags of IDY 2020.

Yoga is an invaluable ancient Indian practice with numerous benefits to both physical and mental health. Given, the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic including restrictions on the movement of people and a slowdown in economic activity, the benefits offered by Yoga have become especially important for physical and mental wellbeing. Of particular importance are its proven benefits on general health and immunity enhancement, along with its globally accepted role as a stress buster. This year International Day of Yoga will be celebrated in the confines of your home.

  • This year’s IDY will be observed around the themes Yoga @Home and Yoga with family.
  • You and your family are requested to join thousands of others on this day from your respective homes by doing the 45- minute long Common Yoga Protocol drill at 7.00 AM on 21st June 2020.
  • Common Yoga protocol Training videos are available on yoga portal, ministry of Ayush website and other social media handles and platforms. This will also be played on TV channels in the coming days in the run up to IDY.
  • You can also refer to youtube video links on Common yoga protocol available in various languages.
  • You may upload your image and video on social wall of Yoga portal, Ministry of AYUSH.
  • One can also live stream such videos and upload on youtube and share on social media handles of Ministry of AYUSH.
  • One can participate in the video Vlogging contest (My Life-My Yoga) held by CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH, and ICCR. One can find the guidelines and competition details in the Ministry website and yoga portal (Under Competition Section).

IDY-2020 presents on occasion for all organizations devoted to the promotion of Yoga to come forward and spread the message about the rewards of regular practice of yoga among the general public. Every individual stands to gain from the regular practice of yoga through long term benefits in health, happiness and well being. Yoga professionals can play an important role in making IDY an effective national movement for health and wellness. Here are some suggested activities to reach out to the people and induct them into the blissful world of yoga:

  • This year’s IDY will be observed around the themes Yoga @Home and Yoga with family.
  • Yoga Professionals may take the lead in organizing Yoga camps and yoga training programmes for the general public using online social media platforms.
  • Efforts may be taken to organize Yoga related activities such as lectures, workshops etc. by Yoga experts, starting few weekahead of IDY. This would help in building up enthusiasm as we draw closer to 21st June, 2020.
  • Since the focus of IDY would be on Individual and family yoga demonstrations based on Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), efforts may be made to familiarize the general public with Common Yoga Protocol.
  • Organizing of online training programs of 15 day duration (one hour per day) on CYP and ensuring maximum public participation in the same is recommended.
  • The Common Yoga Protocol shall be performed in the confines of homes on 21st June, 2020 from 7:00 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. followed by any suitable and customized 15-minute programme on Yoga.
  • Yoga Professionals may disseminate the IDY activities and common yoga portal through their social media accounts tagging the Ministry.
  • Yoga Professionals may display Yoga Charts and standees at vantage points. Banners/ Cut outs on IDY - 2020 may be displayed at prominent places.
  • Some competitions on Yoga-theme may also be organized to create interest among the volunteers/employees/public, especially among the younger generation.
  • Organize online Yoga lectures, webinars on health etc.for general public.
  • It is of utmost important that the concept of Yoga@Home be highlighted in any such communication, due to COVID-19 to avoid any miscommunication/misunderstanding which may lead to the violation of leading GoI advisories on the management of the pandemic—especially mass gatherings, social distancing norms, and use of basic protective measures such as masks and sanitisers.
  • Yoga professionals can participate in the video vlogging contest (My Life-My Yoga) held by CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR. One can find the guidelines and competition details in the Ministry website.

IDY-2020 presents on occasion for all the Central Ministries and their Departments to come forward and spread the message about the rewards of regular practice of yoga among their staff and the public. Every individual stands to gain from the regular practice of yoga through long term benefits in health, happiness and well being. Central ministries and their Departments can play an important role in making IDY an effective national movement for health and wellness. Here are some suggested activities to reach out to all the employees/staff and induct them into the blissful world of yoga:

  • This year’s IDY will be observed around the themes Yoga @Home and Yoga with family.
  • Central Ministries are requested to issue internal guidelines within their organization/offices giving the background of the observation of International Day of Yoga (IDY)-2020.
  • Efforts may be taken to organize Yoga related activities such as lectures, workshops etc. by Yoga experts, starting 2 Weeks ahead of IDY. This would help in building up enthusiasm as we draw closer to 21st June, 2020.
  • Since the focus of IDY would be on individual and family yoga demonstrations based on Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), efforts may be made to familiarize the employee/staff with CYP. Organising of training programmes of 15 day duration (one hour per day) on CYP and ensuring participation using social distancing norms is recommended.Alternatively Ministries can disseminate the videos of common yoga protocol that is in Youtube and yoga portal.
  • The Common Yoga Protocol shall be performed individually or with family within the confines of their homes on 21st June, 2020 from 7:00 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. followed by any suitable and customized 15-minute programme on Yoga.
  • Central Ministries may strive to distribute Yoga attire, Yoga Mats, Caps etc. duly having the logo of IDY to their staff and encourage everyone to practice and adopt Yoga.
  • Some competitions on Yoga-theme may also be organized to create interest among the employees, especially among the younger generation. Central Ministries may promote social media campaigns and social media handles of IDY.
  • Central Ministries may arrange a live screening of Doordarshan’s national telecast related to International day of Yoga on 21st June, 2020, to foster the sense of participating in the nation-wide yoga movement.
  • Banners/ Cut outs on IDY - 2020 may be displayed at vantage points.
  • IDY logo can be displayed on their website.
  • They can follow social media posts of ministry of AYUSH on IDY.
  • Central Ministries can display Yoga Charts and standees inside their offices.
  • If the Central Ministry is having any official E-newsletter, bulletin or magazine, articles and related matter about Yoga may be published.
  • Central Ministries may encourage the employees to participate in quiz and other competitions being organized by Ministry of AYUSH. They may encourage their staff to participate in the online video contest conducted by Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR. One can find the guidelines and competition details in the yoga portal of Ministry website.
  • Organizeonline Yoga lectures, webinars on health etc. in association with NGOs involving Yoga experts.
  • Central Ministries may plan long term activities related to Yoga, so that the impact of IDY-related mobilization goes on well beyond 21st June, 2020.
  • It is of utmost important that the concept of Yoga@Home be highlighted in any such communication, due to COVID-19 to avoid any miscommunication/misunderstanding which may lead to the violation of leading GoI advisories on the management of the pandemic—especially mass gatherings, social distancing norms, and use of basic protective measures such as masks and sanitisers.
  • Ministries should strive to increase their social media presence using the hashtags of IDY 2020.

IDY-2020 presents on occasion for all the States/UTs Governments to come forward and spread the message about the rewards of regular practice of yoga among the people of States/UTsas well as government employee. Every individual stands to gain from the regular practice of yoga through long term benefits in health, happiness and well being. Every individual can play an important role in making IDY an effective national movement for health and wellness. Here are some suggested activities to reach out to all the people of the States/UTs and induct them into the blissful world of yoga:

  • This year’s IDY will be observed around the themes Yoga @Home and Yoga with family .
  • Activities may be taken up through District/ Municipal/ Panchayat authorities, as well as different Ministries/Departments, to observe IDY in a befitting manner.
  • State Ministries are requested to issue internal guidelines to all Ministries/Departments and Autonomous Bodies giving the background and rationale of the observation/ of International Day of Yoga (IDY)-2020.
  • Efforts may be taken to organize Yoga related activities such as lectures, workshops etc. by Yoga experts, starting 1-2 months ahead of IDY at District/City/Town/Village levels. This would help in building up enthusiasm as we draw closer to 21st June, 2020.
  • Since the focus of IDY would be on individual and family yoga demonstrations based on Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), efforts may be made to familiarize the employee/staff with CYP. Organizing of training programs of 15 day duration (one hour per day) on CYP and ensuring participation using social distancing norms is recommended. Alternatively, Ministries can disseminate the videos of common yoga protocol that is in YouTube and yoga portal.
  • The Common Yoga Protocol shall be performed individually or with family within the confines of their homes on 21st June, 2020 from 7:00 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. followed by any suitable and customized 15-minute program on Yoga.
  • State Ministries may strive to distribute Yoga attire, Yoga Mats, Caps etc. duly having the logo of IDY to their employees and encourage everyone to practice and adopt Yoga.
  • Some competitions on Yoga-theme may also be organized to create interest among the employees, especially among the younger generation.
  • Banners/ Cut outs on IDY - 2020 may be displayed at vantage points.
  • State Ministries can display Yoga Charts and standees inside their offices.
  • If the State Ministry is having any official newsletter, bulletin or magazine, articles and related matter about Yoga may be published.
  • State Ministries may encourage the employees to participate in quiz and other competitions being organized by Ministry of AYUSH. They may encourage their staff to participate in the online video contest (My Life- My Yoga) conducted by CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR. One can find the guidelines and competition details in the yoga portal of Ministry website.
  • Organiseonline Yoga lectures, webinars on health in association with NGOs involving Yoga experts.
  • It is of utmost important that the concept of Yoga@Home be highlighted in any such communication, due to COVID-19 to avoid any miscommunication/misunderstanding which may lead to the violation of leading GoI advisories on the management of the pandemic—especially mass gatherings, social distancing norms, and use of basic protective measures such as masks and sanitisers.
  • State Ministries may plan long term activities related to Yoga, so that the impact of IDY-related mobilization goes on well beyond 21st June, 2020.

IDY-2020 presents on occasion for all the PSUs and Autonomous Bodies to come forward and spread the message about the rewards of regular practice of yoga among their staff and public. Every individual stands to gain from the regular practice of yoga through long term benefits in health, happiness and well being. PSUs and Autonomous Bodies can play an important role in making IDY an effective national movement for health and wellness. Here are some suggested activities to reach out to all the employees/staff and induct them into the blissful world of yoga:

  • This year’s IDY will be observed around the themes Yoga @Home and Yoga with family.
  • PSUs and Autonomous Bodies are requested to issue internal guidelines within their organization/offices giving the background of the observation of International Day of Yoga (IDY)-2020.
  • Efforts may be taken to organize Yoga related activities such as lectures, workshops etc. by Yoga experts, starting 1-2 months ahead of IDY. This would help in building up enthusiasm as we draw closer to 21st June, 2020.
  • Since the focus of IDY would be on individual and family yoga demonstrations based on Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), efforts may be made to familiarize the employee/staff with CYP. Organising of training programmes of 15 day duration (one hour per day) on CYP and ensuring participation using social distancing norms is recommended. Alternatively, Ministries can disseminate the videos of common yoga protocol that is in Youtube and yoga portal.
  • The Common Yoga Protocol shall be performed individually or with family within the confines of their homes on 21st June, 2020 from 7:00 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. followed by any suitable and customized 15-minute programme on Yoga.
  • Organisation/ Governing Body may strive to distribute Yoga attire, Yoga Mats, Caps etc. duly having the logo of IDY to their staff and encourage everyone to practice and adopt Yoga.
  • Some competitions on Yoga-theme may also be organized to create interest among the employees, especially among the younger generation.
  • Institution may encourage their staffto participate in quiz and other competitions being organized by Ministry of AYUSH. They may encourage their staffto participate in the online video contest (My Life- My Yoga) conducted by CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR. One can find the guidelines and competition details in the yoga portal of Ministry website.
  • Organisation/ Governing Body may arrange a live screening of Doordarshan’s national telecast related to International day of Yoga on 21st June, 2020, to foster the sense of participating in the nation-wide yoga movement.
  • Banners/ Cut outs on IDY - 2020 may be displayed at vantage points.
  • Organisation/ Governing Body can display Yoga Charts and standees inside their offices.
  • If the Organisation/ Governing Body is having any official newsletter, bulletin or magazine, articles and related matter about Yoga may be published.
  • Illuminating the building appropriately atleast one week before 21st June 2020 would add to the sense of importance of the event.
  • Organisation/ Governing Body may encourage the employees to participate in quiz and other competitions being organized by Ministry of AYUSH.
  • Organiseonline Yoga lectures, webinars on health in association with NGOs involving Yoga experts.
  • It is of utmost important that the concept of Yoga@Home be highlighted in any such communication, due to COVID-19 to avoid any miscommunication/misunderstanding which may lead to the violation of leading GoI advisories on the management of the pandemic—especially mass gatherings, social distancing norms, and use of basic protective measures such as masks and sanitisers.
  • Organisation/ Governing Body may plan long term activities related to Yoga, so that the impact of IDY-related mobilization goes on well beyond 21st June, 2020.

IDY-2020 presents on occasion for all the Universities & their affiliated colleges along with all the schools to come forward and spread the message about the rewards of regular practice of yoga among their students/employees/staff. Every individual stands to gain from the regular practice of yoga through long term benefits in health, happiness and well being. Each Student/Staff can play an important role in making IDY an effective national movement for health and wellness. Here are some suggested activities to reach out to all the students/employees/staff and induct them into the blissful world of yoga:

  • This year’s IDY will be observed around the themes Yoga @Home and Yoga with family.
  • Institutions are requested to issue internal guidelines within their organization/offices giving the background of the observation of International Day of Yoga (IDY)-2020.
  • Efforts may be taken to organize Yoga related activities such as online lectures, workshops etc. by Yoga experts, starting 1 week ahead of IDY. This would help in building up enthusiasm as we draw closer to 21st June, 2020.
  • Since the focus of IDY would be on individual and family yoga demonstrations based on Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), efforts may be made to familiarize the employee/staff with CYP. Organising of training programmes of 15 day duration (one hour per day) on CYP and ensuring participation using social distancing norms is recommended.Alternatively Ministries can disseminate the videos of common yoga protocol that is in Youtube and yoga portal.
  • The Common Yoga Protocol shall be performed individually or with family within the confines of their homes on 21st June, 2020 from 7:00 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. followed by any suitable and customized 15-minute programme on Yoga.
  • Institution may strive to distribute Yoga attire, Yoga Mats, Caps etc. duly having the logo of IDY to their students/employees/staff and encourage everyone to practice and adopt Yoga.
  • Some competitions on Yoga-theme may also be organized to create interest among the students/employees.
  • Institution may arrange a live screening of Doordarshan’s national telecast related to International day of Yoga on 21st June, 2020, to foster the sense of participating in the nation-wide yoga movement.
  • Banners/ Cut outs on IDY - 2020 may be displayed at vantage points.
  • Institution can display Yoga Charts and standees inside their offices.
  • If the Institution is having any official newsletter, bulletin or magazine, articles and related matter about Yoga may be published.
  • Institution may encourage their students to participate in quiz and other competitions being organized by Ministry of AYUSH. They may encourage their students to participate in the online video contest (My Life- My Yoga) conducted by CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR. One can find the guidelines and competition details in the yoga portal of Ministry website.
  • Organise Yoga lectures, webinars on health in association with NGOs involving Yoga experts.
  • It is of utmost important that the concept of Yoga@Home be highlighted in any such communication, due to COVID-19 to avoid any miscommunication/misunderstanding which may lead to the violation of leading GoI advisories on the management of the pandemic—especially mass gatherings, social distancing norms, and use of basic protective measures such as masks and sanitisers.
  • Institution may plan long term activities related to Yoga, so that the impact of IDY-related mobilization goes on well beyond 21st June, 2020.

One of the important benefits of yoga is to maintain health. It helps to build psycho-physiological health, emotional harmony; and manage daily stress and its consequences. Yoga is also useful in conditions where stress is believed to play a role. Yoga practices usher in relaxation response that modulate stress hormones, autonomic nervous system and immune response to a stressor. Yogic practices are found to be useful in management of non-communicable diseases like hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchial asthma, diabetes, sleep disorders, depression, obesity etc. that can be comorbid conditions in patients with COVID 19. It is also found to be useful in vulnerable segments of the population such as the elderly and children.

The function of the immune system is critical in the human response to infectious disease. A growing body of evidence identifies stress as a cofactor in infectious disease susceptibility and outcomes. Studies on yoga in managing flu symptoms during an Influenza season have shown yoga to reduce onset of flu, and symptom severity. This has been due to effects of yoga in improving mucosal immunity, reducing airway reactivity and inflammation and improving lung function. This is facilitated by Yoga practices such as Kriya, Yogasana and Pranayama.

Yoga may additionally play a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. They are particularly useful in allaying their fears and anxiety. This document provides guidelines for a safe set of Yoga practices based on available scientific evidences.

Yoga based lifestyle modules which can be used for different sections of the society in the present scenario are presented with the following objectives –

  • To improve general immunity among the population.
  • Rehabilitation of vulnerable populations (children, elderly and those with comorbid conditions such as diabetes and hypertension) and to those patients in isolation/quarantine with or without mild symptoms.
  • To add-on Yoga based interventions and Meditation practices in covid-19 cases in isolation and hospitalization for psycho-social care.

To reduce disease susceptibility in high risk population:

Yoga based lifestyle is recommended for hospitalized cases without acute respiratory distressto promote health of the respiratory, cardiovascular and the immune systems. As these subjects are hospitalized and they remain in bed without respiratory distress, the meditative practices without breath awareness practiced repeatedly is recommended. Practice of deep relaxation of the body, slowing down of the breathing rate and calming down of the mind using any of the practices from any school of Yoga for twenty minutes repeated once every 3-4 hours during the daytime using audio instructions is recommended. Some examples include mindfulness meditation, transcendental meditation, Yoga Nidra, progressive relaxation, quick relaxation, deep relaxation etc.

For symptom management

NetiKriya: Netikriya with luke warm water helps in cleansing sinuses, is beneficial in allergic conditions and reduces upper airway reactivity.

Yogic SukshmaVyayamas/SthithilikaranaVyayamas/Pavanamuktasana series (Joint movements): Reduce joint stiffness and improve mobility.

Asanas: Asanas that increase respiratory and cardiovascular health.

Pranayama: Breathing practices that improve lung function and reduce airway reactivity eg Yogic Breathing, Kapalabhati, Nadishodana, Ujjayi and Bramari pranayama.

Yoga Nidra (Pratyahara): Deep guided relaxation to calm the nerves.

Meditation: Mindfulness practices to stay calm and resolute.

Always consult your physician before practicing yoga if you have covid 19 symptoms.

For asymptomatic individuals: One should perform Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) for 45 minutes (once daily) or 10 minutes (more frequently).Apart from CYP; JalaNeti, Sutraneti and Bhastrika Kriyas are recommended once or twice in a week and YogaNidra for 20-30 minutes twice or thrice a week.

The International Day of Yoga 2020 is approaching on the 21st of June 2020. As always, this year too, the mass performance of the Common Yoga Protocol will remain at the heart of the International Day of Yoga, but IDY 2020 will be observed in a non-congregative manner. Therefore, you and your family are requested to join thousands of others on this day from your respective homes by doing the 45 - minutes CYP drill at 07:00 a.m. on the 21st of June 2020.

To make the observation of IDY at home possible, the Ministry of AYUSH and other stakeholders have been running multiple training programmes on Yoga and CYP. You may follow the Ministry’s social media handles for additional details. Announcement on specific activities for 21st June 2020 will also be made available on these channels as we approach the IDY. Please use the attached resources in preparing yourself and your family for IDY 2020. If you are already trained in CYP, please start teaching the same to your family members.

As June 21st is just a few days away, prepare yourself and be there to do Yoga with the world. See you at 07:00 a.m. on the 21st of June 2020.

Disclaimer: These guidelines are in addition to the standard treatment guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India and also vetted by the Interdisciplinary AYUSH Research and Development Task Force setup by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.