A happy soul, a fresh mind and a healthy body are achieved through Yoga – International Day of Yoga 2023

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IIT KGP celebrates Yoga Mahotsav to commemorate the 9th International Yoga Day (IDY 2023)

You cannot always control what goes on outside but you can always control what goes on inside. Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body and makes us find the peace that lies within us. Through Practice comes Yoga, through Yoga comes Knowledge, through Knowledge comes Enlightenment and through Enlightenment comes Peace.

Technology Students’ Gymkhana, IIT Kharagpur in commemoration of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, ‘FIT India Movement’ and ‘Jan Bhagidari’ in India’s G20 Presidency, scheduled a series of Yoga activities- A ‘Yoga Mahotsav’ for the students and the campus community from 3rd June to 21st June 2023. Experts from Technology Students’ Gymkhana (TSG) has conducted Yoga sessions on a regular basis during weekdays with a focus on specific topic each day. The session on weekend has been conducted by renowned experts from other organizations. A total of 790 members registered for the events.

The event was inaugurated by Prof. V. K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur in the presence of Prof. A. K Singh, President, TSG, Prof. Jayanta Chakraborty, Coordinator, Yoga Mahotsav & ISY, Prof. K. Bhattacharyya, Treasurer, Gymkhana and Other Invited Guests, Faculty Members, Staff Members and Students. Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director IIT Kharagpur, who has given inaugural speech on Benefits of Routine Yoga Practice and motivated the campus community to perform yogic activities on a regular basis. Prof. Ajay Singh, President, Technology Students’ Gymkhana has enlightened campus community in line with Jan Bhagidari during India’s G20 Presidency. Prof. Jayanta Chakraborty, coordinator of Yoga Mahotsav and 9th International Day of Yoga (IDY) explained about the Objectives of 9th International Day of Yoga, that includes: branding India, awareness, good health and well-being, scale up the level, pool the resources and joint efforts.

The event was live telecast for the campus community and students, so that they can participate from their place of residence. Caps were distributed to motivate and encourage routine practice of the learned methods. In the afternoon, quiz on Yoga and Yoga competitions were conducted for campus school children and campus community.

Programs like Introduction to Yoga, Yoga Protocol Practices and Workout, Stay Fit with Gentle Hatha Yoga, Power Vinyasa (Immunity Booster), Iyengar Yoga were conducted. Lecture on Stress Management and Meditation Practices, Yogic Life of SAMANVIT Yoga that comprises breathing and asanas, S Vyasa – The Inner Engineering and Yoga practices for body and mind were also conducted along with Yoga to cure postural deformity and physical development through Yoga. Yoga Quiz for campus school children and Yoga IDY theme poster presentation were also organized on 21st June, 2023.

On this profound day of yogic rejuvenation, Prof. V K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur remarked, “The foundations of IIT Kharagpur rests on the eternal motto of ‘Yoga Karmashu Kaushalam’ from the Gita. It means that the individual interests behind any action which is either driven by material success or failure must be transformed to a higher and universal process of Yoga i.e., a communion between the self of an individual with the web of self in all, the Cosmos itself. As the Mother of all IIT system, spread over the lush-green ‘Gurukul’ ambiance of a campus, neither close to nor away from a big city, IIT Kharagpur brings under one fold the ancient and the modern in unison. As the pioneering pace setter of science and technology, IIT Kharagpur preaches the journey of the self, through the self, to the self that can be achieved by the sound balance of inquisitive mind and an active body.”

More than 250 members practiced different forms of yoga regularly along with trainers from Gymkhana and invited Experts. On 21st June 2023, the 9th International Day of Yoga around 400 members have participated and practiced Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) demonstrated by Mr. Sudhir Kumar & Miss Sangita Mondal.

Prof. A K Singh, President, Technology Students’ Gymkhana, IIT Kharagpur, “Being an Institute of National Importance and the mother of all IIT system in India, IIT Kharagpur works in a very distinguished manner to promote health and fitness among the faculty members and the students of the Institute. Technology Students’ Gymkhana is in the process of setting up structured processes to identify, facilitate and develop talent (Sports, Health & Fitness) with involvement of all stakeholders.”

Inputs from : Prof. A K Singh, President TSG, IIT Kharagpur & Prof. Jayanta Chakraborty, Coordinator of Yoga Mahotsav, IIT Kharagpur
Email : singh@phy.iitkgp.ac.in and jayanta@che.iitkgp.ac.in

Edited By : Poulami Mondal, Digital & Creative Media Executive (Creative Writer)
Email: poulami.mondal@iitkgp.ac.in, media@iitkgp.ac.in, Ph. No.: +91-3222-282007

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By Poulami Mondal

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