Kerala has become the first state in the country to offer three-day yoga classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, marking the launch of a program aimed at making Kerala the first Indian state to offer such classes.
The class will begin on Monday from 10 am at the Bhatra Ram Temple and will last for three days, with the yoga instructor from each class having to complete a short course, as well as complete a course on mental health.
The classes will be offered from 10am to 1pm on Mondays.
Kerala Chief Minister and Chief Minister of Karnataka, Pinarayi Vijayan, said the initiative will also help reduce suicides.
“There is a lot of mental health awareness and it is very important for the people to have access to yoga classes.
It will reduce the number of suicides,” he said on Tuesday.
The programme has been announced as a response to the increasing suicide rate in Kerala.
Last year, there were more than 60 deaths in the state every day, according to the State Human Rights Commission.
The Kerala government has also launched a pilot project in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Bangalore to provide yoga to students, and has also planned to set up a yoga centre in Mumbai.
However, in the absence of any other option, the state government has been exploring the option of a yoga class on Mondays, which is more popular than a Tuesday class, but the proposal has been rejected by the central government.