Air India introduces Yoga Sessions for its newly recruited Cabin Crew and Pilots

The Narendra Modi government's penchant for Yoga has rubbed off to the state-run carrier Air India. The Airline has introduced Yoga sessions for its newly-recruited cabin crew and pilots that are currently undergoing training. It is also planning to organise a two-day workshop for its senior management comprising of the rank of general managers and above at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of living Ashram in Bengaluru. 
Every crew member currently being trained has to attend yoga sessions in the morning at 6.30 am, a senior Air India official said. Yoga sessions for pilots will begin from June 1, when their training starts. 
"We have introduced Yoga for the first time in our training module for pilots and cabin crew, as we believe that Yoga brings in a sense of discipline as well as helps cope better with the stress of the job. This is true for each one of us," said the official, who did not want to be identified.
The training programme for senior management may be conducted later in June, the official said. The initiative to introduce Yoga as part of training was mooted by the personnel department of Air India, officials said. 

Air India recently hired about 300 cabin crew members and 78 pilots, who are being trained at the Air India Central Training Establishment in Hyderabad. The introduction of yoga in training by Air India coincides with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's exhortation on making Yoga day a success.

In a tweet on May 28, the PM said, "Let's work together & make 1st ever International Day of Yoga a success. I request people from all walks of life to participate." Following Prime Minister Modi's push, the United Nations in December last year declared that International Yoga Day would be observed on June 21 every year. 

The government reportedly has grand plans to celebrate the first Yoga Day. It has issued a circular asking all officers of the rank of under secretary and above to attend the 35-minute function starting 7 am to be held at Rajpath in the capital on June 21. The event will be attended by the PM and the Ayush ministry has reportedly asked all ministries to issue similar circulars. 

Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor