PGI celebrated the 8th International Day of Yoga organised by its ‘CCRYN-Collaborative Centre for Mind Body Intervention through Yoga’ and witnessed the participation of over 150 HCWs. It included Director, Dean, Medical Superintendent, Deputy Director, Financial Advisor, faculty, students, staff and their families who practised the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), the flagship protocol of Ministry of AYUSH. 

PGI, the first Institute in the world to carry out a Yoga trial on CYP, engaged the certified Yoga trainers from its Yoga Centre to impart this training. PGI’s study on common yoga protocol has shown an increase in Angiogenin levels which contributes to new blood vessel formation which could be useful for risk reduction of several diseases. PGI also trained nodal persons from each Department in conducting a daily five-minute Y-break protocol at 11 am so that they may go back to the Departments to cultivate a five-minute health and wellness break. Around 60 nodal persons participated and learnt the finer techniques of rejuvenating oneself at work by practising Yoga Y-break. All these programs were live-streamed. PGI has also been conducting 30-minute Yoga sessions including SMET (Self management of excessive tension), DRT (Deep relaxation technique), MSRT (Mind Sound Resonance Technique), QRT (Quick Relaxation Technique) and more, informed Dr Monika Gautam, Research Officer, CCRYN-PGI Yoga Centre. 

Various scientifically validated Yoga protocols have been introduced not only for risk reduction for various lifestyle disorders emerging from hectic lifestyles and rescuing from compassion fatigue but also to inspire the faculty to take up research in pan-India Yoga intervention studies. The faculty, staff, and students in PGIMER feel that this helps them to improve physical and mental health and to initiate new research projects.