International Yoga Day, June 21, was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly onDecember 11, 2014.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift ofIndia’sancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body;thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach tohealth and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with you. , the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.”
International Yoga day was celebrated for the first time in the institute and also session held for training the mind. The celebration inaugurated by Mr. Ghildiyal, Mr. Purohit, and Mr. Dimri the renowned Yoga master focused on the need of daily Yoga practice for mental and physical development.
This is the beginning of a new era after start of International Yoga day. At ITG, the yoga practice began with chanting ‘Om’ sitting in a comfortable position also called as “Sukhasana” Next, neck bending and neck rotation exercises were performed to warm up. The first yoga pose performed was “Tadasana” that broughtstability to the body. Next asana “Vrikshasana” was performed. Vrikshasana improves neuromuscular coordination.
“Padahastasana” was the next asana, a pose to improve flexibility in the spine. After performing “Padahastasana”, the nextasana “Ardha chakrasana” was followed;this helps to improve one’s breathing capacity.
After a few more standing poses, sitting asanas began, the first one being “Dandasana”. After performing “Dandasana” vajrasana, vakrasana was performed.
Next the student proceeded, lying down yoga poses, starting with “Bhujangasana” a pose to beat stress. “Setubandhasana”, done lying in supine position was also performed by students. Next Asana performed was “pavanmuktasana”,a pose that aids digestion.Finally to relax the body, “shavasana” was performed.In the next phase after relaxing through “shavasana”, sitting in meditative posture with palms on the knees and legs crossed, “kapalbhati” was practised. The first round of “kapalbhati” consisted of 30 strokes. A total of three rounds were performed.This asana revitalises the body. The students found “kapalbhati” very useful for revitalizing the body after performing the Asana. The students next performed “Anulomvilom” as the next breathing asana to help & improve concentration. A total of
four rounds were performed for “Anulomvilom” asana. The students next performed “Anulomvilom” as the next breathing asana to help & improve concentration. A total of four rounds were per formed for “Anulomvilom” asana. At the end of the session, Dr. KKS Mer, Director briefed students the importance of Yoga to the students and finally the YogaSession ended for the day.