RGNIYD Celebrates 10th International Day of Yoga with Emphasis on "Yoga for Self and Society"

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The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), a prestigious Institution of National Importance, observed the 10th International Day of Yoga with a dedicated programme on the theme "Yoga for Self and Society - स्वयंऔरसमाजकेलिएयोग." Organized as per the directives of the Government of India, the event aimed to highlight the profound benefits of yoga in personal well-being and societal harmony.

Dr. P. David Paul, Training Officer at RGNIYD's Centre for National and International Collaboration, extended a warm welcome to students, officers, faculty members, and staff, providing insights into the program's objectives.

Dr. S. Kumaravel, Head of the Department of Social Work, RGNIYD, delivered an enlightening introduction to the International Day of Yoga. He underscored the significance of June 21, recognized globally as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly since 2014. Dr. Kumaravel emphasized how this date, coinciding with the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, symbolizes light and marks a transition in Indian tradition towards Dakshinayana, signifying a period of auspicious beginnings.

Highlighting the theme "Yoga for Self and Society," Dr. Kumaravel stressed that yoga not only enhances personal health but also fosters social well-being. He emphasized the interconnectedness between individual and collective health, advocating yoga as a catalyst for personal growth and societal enhancement. Dr. Kumaravel administered the International Yoga Day 2024 Pledge to the participants, reinforcing the commitment to yoga's transformative power.

Dr. P. Baskaran, Assistant Professor at Saveetha University and an acclaimed International Yoga Champion, delivered a special lecture illuminating the holistic benefits of yoga. He emphasized the practice's role in achieving balance amidst modern-day pressures, promoting physical, mental, and spiritual harmony. Dr. Baskaran described yoga as a timeless gift from ancient traditions, uniting mind and body to foster a profound sense of connection with oneself and the world.

Further elaborating on yoga's origins and its integration of physical and mental disciplines, Dr. Baskaran highlighted its diverse benefits, including stress reduction, enhanced flexibility, and improved overall health. He demonstrated several yoga asanas, showcasing their therapeutic effects.

Shri.Surendrababu, Technical Officer at RGNIYD, screened short videos on the Ministry of AYUSH's Common Yoga Protocol, underscoring standardized practices endorsed by the Government of India. 

Ms. Chema, Training Associate at RGNIYD, extended a vote of thanks to all participants, acknowledging the enthusiastic participation of faculty, staff, and students.

The celebration at RGNIYD underscored yoga's pivotal role in promoting peace, communal harmony, and unity, reaffirming its universal appeal as a pathway to holistic well-being.


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