Nothing is better than having a soothing, calm state of mind and body. After trying several forms of exercise, what ultimately helps in achieving this is yoga. Yoga is one such form, which becomes a gate to escape from all the worldly materials and helps us to connect to every part of our body, thereby re-energizing it with fresh energy.
Yoga, as a practice, is said to have emerged in the pre-Vedic Indian tradition, somewhere around 3000 BCE. There have been several mentions of yoga in the Rigveda and the Upanishads. However, even after its mention in several texts and scriptures, yoga rose into prominence in the 20th century in the West, when Swami Vivekananda first introduced it to the people. Since then yoga has been practiced in varying adaptations in several parts of the world.
Traditionally yoga comprises physical exercise, meditation, and yoga as an exercise. The western world often recognizes yoga as a modern form of hatha yoga, consisting largely of the asanas. Even with its varying distinctions, yoga has been a source of power that unites people all over the world. It is one such form of exercise that people from all walks of life can do. The significance of yoga has gained so much that in 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted the draft resolution put forward by India’s permanent representative and thereby declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
Yoga For Wellness
Every year on the account of International Yoga Day, Indian consulates organize yoga events all over the country with the participation of local people. However, today, when the entire world is battling with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s International Yoga Day, is again being held through virtual mode. This year International Yoga Day is putting all its focus on well-being, thereby going beyond the immediate impact of physical health. It carries the theme of “Yoga For Wellness”.
CIMR, MAHE to Conduct Webinar
On the occasion of International Yoga Day, the Centre of Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMR), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) is organizing a virtual international yoga day program on 21st June 2021 at 7:30am, followed by a webinar on Yoga Therapy at 11:30 am.
The event will be hosted on MS Teams, where a live demonstration will be given by Dr. Annapoorna K. on “Yoga at home and Yoga with family”.
The webinar is held on the topic of “Yoga Therapy: A Holistic Perspective” and the guest speaker for the same is Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani.
Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), and Professor of Yoga Therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry (www.sbvu.ac.in).
He is also Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India (www.icyer.com) and Yoganjali Natyalayam, the premier institute of Yoga and Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam in Pondicherry (www.rishiculture.in).
Through this program, MAHE and CIMR have taken a step towards doing their part in supporting this year’s theme of Yoga for well-being and promoting a healthy and therapeutic way of living.
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