International Yoga Day 2019
With the approval of the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, our Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi’s proposal to adopt an “International Day of Yoga” came to fruition with June 21st being marked as the day to commemorate the occasion. This year we are celebrating the Fifth International Yoga Day on the theme of “Climate Action”. This theme is aptly chosen as it is the need of the hour in today’s situation of our planet earth which is swiftly changing at a rate unknown ever before. In order to have a deeper understanding of the significance of this day, it will be worth stating here the words of our Prime Minister to remind each one of us yet again. He stated that: “Yoga is aninvaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it canhelp in well-being.”
Keeping the same spirit of the event, William Carey University celebrated International Yoga Day on June 12th, 2019, prior to the designated day due to conflicting dates with the examination schedule. The event was organised by the Co-Curricular Team led by Dr.AngeleenLyndoh collaborating with the university’s NSS Group co-ordinator Dr. Richard. All the students, research scholars and faculty members participated with great enthusiasm as one big family. The Yoga session was conducted and demonstrated by the Registrar, Dr. Soma Bhowmick. The session started with warm up exercises and was then followed by sitting and standing asanas. Along with these exercises its importance was also simultaneously explained. The session was concluded with a brief meditation coupled with some breathing techniques. She also encouraged everyone present on the regular practice of yoga to maintain both physical as well as mental wellbeing. Light refreshment was given after the program. The program was successfully completed and one significant outcome worth mentioning is that it raised an awareness of the relation between human actions and nature. Our hope lies in this creation of harmony which must be put into practice by one and all.