National yoga champs work as home tutors to make ends meet

National yoga champs work as home tutors to make ends meet

Despite governments’ claim to promote yoga at national level, trainers and experts struggle financially. file

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, September 24

Even though the Union and the state governments claim to be promoting yoga, yet a majority of yoga experts find themselves in a difficult financial position.

Lack of job avenues, coupled with the restrictions imposed due to lockdown, has hit yoga trainers hard. The situation has come to such a passe that even national champions and medal winners in yoga have been forced to work as home tutors to keep them afloat.

“Everyone acknowledges the significance of yoga but nobody likes to spend money on it. People undermine the necessity of trained yoga coaches, thinking it can be learnt for free in parks or through social media channels,” said a national yoga champion, who takes home classes to make a living.

Another medal winner in national yoga championships said the state government had discontinued the grant of cash prizes to players who won medals at national level.

“Owing to increasing popularity of yoga in several European countries and other western nations, many yoga trainers have been moving to those foreign lands. But the restrictions on international flights and strict immigration norms imposed due to the pandemic dashed the dreams of many to ground,” he added.

Contacted for comments regarding lack of job opportunities, Sunita Khatri, deputy director (Sports), Rohtak zone, said the process to appoint coaches in various disciplines was underway.

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