NEW DELHI: A Spice Jet flight took the euphoria of this Sunday’s International Yoga Day to a whole new level, when it conducted a yoga session for its passengers in mid-air between New Delhi and Guwahati on Friday.
Yoga instructors were volunteers from the Isha Foundation of Sadhguru with which SpiceJet has teamed up to conduct mid-air yoga sessions on some of its Boeing flights on Sunday.
Geeta, one of the yoga instructors in the flight, described the experience as unique.
“Usually, when we teach yoga, it is under committed circumstances and we do not teach otherwise. But what we have taught here on the occasion of International Yoga Day, I felt very good. And so many passengers did yoga with us. This was a unique experience and I felt very good,” said Geeta.
She also said that everyone should know the real meaning of yoga, and added that everyone does yoga in one form or another, and need to do it more consciously.
The passengers on board the flight were happy at this innovative approach of the airline.
Satish Kumar Manoj said, “This is a wonderful experience. Actually, I observed. I have not done the full yoga here, but I felt very good and this is a very new concept. The time can be utilised here well too if it is introduced on all the flights, especially those on morning. It will be beneficial to everybody,” said Manoj.
Spice Jet crew and the Isha Foundation instructors will perform yoga at a height of 35,000 feet on June 21, the International Day of Yoga.
Approximately 50 Isha instructors and Spice Jet crew members will undertake a 10-minute session onboard select Boeing flights across the network.
The United Nations declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga after adopting a measure proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi had in his speech at the UN General Assembly in September last year called for recognition of such a day.
An enthusiastic practitioner of yoga himself, Modi set up a new ministry for yoga last year.
Indian government has drawn up extensive plans to promote yoga on June 21. Over 100,000 camps will be set up across the country on that day for people to do yoga wherein millions are expected to take part.