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International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.In spirit of this occasion the Yogastha Wellness Club of IIT Bombay is organizing series of event such as lectures, workshops, yoga research symposium, movie screening, practice session for the Yogathon challenge.


The first one to be organised was workshop on “stress management” by Shri Nitin Patki, CEO, New Age Yoga Institute, and QCI level-2 yoga teacher. The workshop included open discussion on the physiological explanation of stress, effects of stress, what is stress management, common thoughts related to stress, right-thinking habits to be developed, positive habits for stress management at all levels, physical, mental/emotional & diet.Practical techniques like sukshma vyayam, check post meditation, antar mouna, kayasthairyam, bhrukuti sandhanam, 6 spinal movements, nadi shodhan, bhramari, nasikagra drishti, chidakasha dharna.

The second one was workshop on “Pranayam -The Art of Right Breathing” by Ms. Shammi Gupta, Shammi Yogalaya. As we transit from childhood to adulthood, we unknowingly, begin our transition being deep breathers into a shallow breather. The shallow  breathing very conveniently takes away the ease of living even though we are surrounded by all kind of comfort around us, leaving us tensed and stiff. Only if we can breathe right can almost bid goodbye to the accumulated stress and lead a stress-free life.