Since its inception in the year 2015, June 21st is celebrated as ‘The International Day of Yoga’ all over the world. The day was chosen as it’s the longest day of the calendar year, a day connected with Sun, light and nature and not a day of personal importance. This idea was proposed by our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. He said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being”.
The 5th International Yoga Day was celebrated at Rai University, Ahmedabad with great enthusiasm. The yoga instructor listed importance of mind, body and soul nourishment through Yoga. Proper scientific instructions were given for all the Yogasanas and all the participants performed it as per instruction. Various Asanas like Makarasana, Pavanmuktasan, Tadasan, Vrikshasana, Butterfly etc. were performed and its uses were told to all. Program started with Pranayam as a warm up, followed by various Asanas and ended with divine and peaceful meditation. The celebration concluded with synchronized recitation of Shlokas. It was one hour session, started at 9:30 am and ended at 10:30 am.
The purpose of International Yoga Day is to promote yoga and endeavour towards making it a part and parcel of everyone’s daily routine. All the faculty, non-faculty members and students participated enthusiastically in the program. It was all together a rejuvenating experience for the participants.
Yoga develops strength and balance as well as inner peace. All yoga styles create a feeling of lightness, ease and relaxation. Regular practice of yoga will surely help all to achieve a better life, physically, mentally and spiritually as well.