Tokyo Olympics: In a first, IOA ropes in Dhyana as Meditation Partner
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is just around the corner. While the Indian athletes are preparing for departure, the Indian Olympic Association has roped in a last-minute sponsor in the form of a meditation partner for its contingent.
With just 12 days to go before the world is lit up by the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the excitement is building up. Moreover, with over 120 athletes set to take part in the global spectacle, they are making the last moment preparation for it, besides getting ready to depart to the Japanese capital.
Similarly, the Indian Olympic Association is making the final preparations for its delegation ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. In the meantime, it has done something for the first time, as it has roped in an official meditation partner. It would be taking in Dhyana rings and Dhyana’s health management services for mental health and wellness, while it would also help the athletes maintain their focus.
The management has been developed by Indian badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, along with Bhairav Shankar, an alumnus of Oxford University and biomedical technology entrepreneur. The program helps in monitoring the ‘mindful minutes’ and the focus time of the performer.
“It does this by continuously tracking your Heart Rate Variability, or the gap in between two consecutive heartbeats, which is further broken down into the three fundamentals of every meditation session - the quality of breathing, focus and relaxation. Dhyana rings have been used by Pullela Gopichand to help his students achieve their ‘mindfulness goals’ - which range from improving focus, productivity to overall mental health,” said IOA in a release.
It was in 2018 when the International Olympic Committee, during its Lausanne summit, had pondered on improving the mental wellness of the athletes. On the same note, Dhyana is the first meditation device to be officially used during the Games.
“Research shows us that Dhyana helps provide a measurable and scientific way of tackling stress, increasing focus and building a positive state-of-mind through the power of meditation. We have been conducting research on the benefits of measured meditation on athletes, and we’re really excited about the ability to work with the IOA in our collective mission to help the Indian contingent give their best at the upcoming games,” said Shankar.
“The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is going to be extremely challenging owing to the exceptional circumstances it is being held in. I have always relied on the benefits of meditation throughout my entire career - both as a player and as a coach, and am confident that data-driven meditation with the help of Dhyana will greatly benefit the Indian contingent to prepare better and help them unlock their full potential,” reckoned Gopichand.
“IOA is proud to team up with Dhyana to provide state-of-the-art medical-grade technology to the Indian contingent headed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. With Dhyana’s support, we will provide each member of the team with the wearable meditation device which is capable of providing crucial biofeedback during meditation,” concluded IOA Secretary General, Rajeev Mehta.
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