United Nations General Assembly declared 21st June as World Yoga Day and the event is celebrated worldwide by the people of all countries by practicing Yoga. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modiji has appealed to all of us to make Yoga an integral part of our daily lives.
Yoga is a 6,000+-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India. Yoga works on the body, mind, emotions and energy and promotes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
In light of the rising incidences of lifestyle related disorders, especially stress and other disorders, yoga with its threefold maxim of Relaxing the body, Slowing down the breath and Calming the mind is the ideal medium to promote Wellness.
As a Health Promoting University (HPU), Symbiosis International University celebrated International Day of Yoga but with a difference. The students along with staff members were taught Desk Yoga by renowned yoga trainer Dr Renu Mahtani.
Dignitaries present on the occasion – Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Founder and President, Symbiosis, Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director, Symbiosis Society, Dr Rajiv Yeravdekar, Dean, Faculty of Health and Biomedical Sciences, SIU and Mr K.D. Joshi, Yoga Expert.
Highlighting the importance of the initiative undertaken by SIU Dr Rajiv Yeravekar said, “Rather than just conducting a one off session wherein all delegates passively follow demos of the master trainer (and forgetting everything soon after the session is over, with no residual learnings), we have proposed to focus on ‘Yog literacy’ and educate staff and students of SIU on an ongoing and continued basis, in accordance to the following ancient Chinese proverb:
When planning for a year ……… sow corn
When planning for a decade ……..plant trees
When planning for a lifetime …………educate men
Today’s tech savvy generation is gadget friendly, rather gadget addicted. Leveraging technology to (health) educate is therefore a natural choice / option to reach out to this gizmo addicted generation. Objective is to sensitize them to the benefits of yoga and facilitate inculcating a yog lifestyle in them.”
“Today, the commonest reason against practice of yoga (in fact against any form of exercise) is lack of time and work pressure. The focus this year at Symbiosis was to educate staff and students across SIU on work place / desk yoga, wherein individuals will be taught asanas which can be practiced at the desk / work space,” added Dr Rajiv.
In conformity to the above, SIU therefore initiated the following:
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