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GGIS ATHA Report on International Yoga Day, 21st June


सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः।
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु।
मा कश्चित् दुःख भाग्भवेत्॥
शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥


Happiness be into all

Perfect health be unto all

May all see what is good

May all be free from suffering


Keeping in mind this thought on account of International Yoga Day, GGIS Atha, Chinchwad Campus arrange the celebration of Yoga Day for parents and students including its own staff members.

The eminent speaker Mrs. Kranti Gadgil-Bhide- A Physiotherapist as well as a Yoga Therapist was invited to address the audience and also to demonstrate on various topics related to Yoga.  She made the event very interesting by selecting non-routine topics such as Couple Yoga and Ergonomics. The benefits of which are more related for working professionals and to suit today’s lifestyle of young parents.

The session started at 8.15 am sharp with Omakar Gunjan and Guru Prayer.

The speaker started with the importance of prior preparations & planning before any activity. On similar lines, Yoga also needs preparation for at least two major things viz;

  1. Atmosphere or area and its cleanliness
  2. Cleanliness of our body and soul (for example stability of body, mediated state of mind and physically clean body)

Having fulfilling these prerequisites, one is ready to start yoga exercises typically called as Yogasanas. Asana is a posture of the body which helps to maintain the body fit & its growth cycle.

Before actually giving for Asanas, she informed about Sage Patanjali who is credited with Yoga & Yogasutra introduction in Ancient India.

Anyone above the age of 4 or 5 can practice Yoga under the trained supervisor. According to her, the bones of children below the age of 4 are not ready to perform asanas. Some easy yet beneficial basic asanas were explained and demon strated by Mrs. Bhide. Few are explained in the following para the graphs:

Padmasana: It is the ideal posture achieved by folding the legs on each other. In this position, our spine remains straight; sitting posture is perfect for a stable state of body and mind. With the demonstration of Asana, the importance of Dhyan Mudra was also explained. In her opinion, Dhyan Mudra complements the body circuit which helps for better concentration. It is an ideal position for Pranayama, Dhyan, and Dharana. In this position, we perform breathing exercise exhaling with mouth and inhaling with a nose. She underlines the importance of breathing through the stomach.

Anulom Vilom: This is not a Pranayama but is the preparatory phase for cleaning our nostrils, relax and feel well from stress. Accordingly, to her, deep breathing is the key to relaxation. A detailed procedure for Anulom Vilom was demonstrated.

Ardha and Purna Paschimottasan, Vajrasana(Namaj position) were demonstrated. It helps for better digestion.

Tadasan and Vrukshasanfor increasing height and body balance respectively were also demonstrated.

Surya Namaskar postures were also demonstrated with breathing and its importance. The speaker cautioned that children below the age of 6 years should not perform these postures as their bones are not enough grown. Four cycles of Surya Namaskar were done with parents.

Shavasana was performed highlighting the importance of relaxing the stretched body parts and to achieve maximum benefits out of Yoga exercises.

In the second part of the session, Mrs. Kranti talked about Ergonomics.  Ergonomics in simpler term means taking care of our body posture at office desk, workstation, at home as we sit for long hours.  The intention is to give the body some movement at periodic intervals. Few examples cited were keeping water bottle little away which will require one to get up from the seat and move towards the bottle, sideways or up-down movement of the neck, arm and leg stretching, etc.

The session ended with questions by parents.

GGIS Report on seminar by Dr. N. Ravichandran

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