Tense situations in the Kerala legislative assembly might have led MLAs to blow their top in the past. Not anymore.
One hour of Yoga every morning will hopefully see legislators taking a deep breath in, breathing out and then breezing through the proceedings.
Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, who personally oversaw the new initiative which kicked off on March 6, believes that practising Yoga will significantly reduce the stress levels of legislators.
As of now, the MLAs divide their time between their constituencies and the assembly, which leaves them with little time to unwind.
In the light of frequent unruly behaviour exhibited by legislators in the house, often disrupting the proceedings, the Speaker’s office decided that some R&R will be in order.
The first schedule is planned for 15 days. The one-hour long session from 5.45-6.45 am is being held at the Museum ground on the premises of the assembly building. The Speaker’s Office has ensured that the legislators get the best deal by tying up with the Yoga Association of Kerala for the project.
The Speaker inaugurated the event on Tuesday morning by accepting a kit of Yoga wear from B Balachandran, President, Yoga Association. The Speaker however expressed his disappointment over the tepid response of legislators to the initiative. Of the 141 MLAs, only 17 turned up on the inaugural day, including three women.
The Speaker said that MLAs are welcome to join later. Classes can be continued if more people are interested to join. Unless the number of participants is known, it will be difficult to arrange for the workout clothes and Yoga mats, he said.
An array of recreational activities is also being held to help the legislators de-stress. Music therapy was held on Sunday, March 4. On March 14, legislators can indulge in some cerebral entertainment with a book talk followed by a ‘ganamela’.