According to a statement by the AYUSH ministry of the Central Government, new and improvised yoga postures and practices will be introduced on the 2nd World Yoga Day this June.
On March 26, minister of state for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Shripad Yesso Naik, released the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) booklet for 2016.
“The booklet gives a brief overview about Yoga and Yogic practices to orient one towards comprehensive health for an individual and the community. The present edition of Common Yoga Protocol is an improvised version of last year’s Yoga Protocol.”
The new edition of the CYP booklet has incorporated few new yoga practices such as Yogic Sukshma Vyayama, Yogasanas and Pranayama.
The statement also said that leading yoga institutions across India would incorporate additional 15 minutes of the yoga institutional practices and these will include Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Dhayana, Satsang before Sankalpa, as deemed fit.
With this added duration of 15 minutes, the total duration of Yoga practice would now extended to 1 hour from current 45 minutes.
June 21 was adopted as the World Yoga Day last year, following a United Nations General Assembly resolution for the same.
The request for a Yoga Day was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his first UN address in June 2014.
According to a PTI report, last year’s International Yoga Day had made it to the Guinness World Book of Records with total of 35,985 people of 84 nationalities participating in the Yoga event that was held in New Delhi.