International Yoga Day Celebration
Yoga is 5000 years old physical, mental and spiritual practice which aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as International Day of Yoga. Yoga is an invaluable gift which embodies unity of body and mind; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment, harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.
A unique and wonderful event materialised on 11th of June 2017 at Glenwood Community Hub in celebration of the International Yoga Day. The amalgamation of the Not for profit organisations, Harman Foundation, Sri Om care and Art of Living resulted in this beautifully organised event.
This was a full day event organised with the help of volunteers from all the three organisations. The event began with the light yoga on chair by Mrs Dolly Somaiya. Yoga Day celebrations were held after the light yoga and was marked by the presence of VIP’s, MP Kevin Connolly, Yateender Gupta - Founding Chairman of Australian Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Mrs. Shubha Kumar - President India Club, Mrs. Reena Jethi – Treasurer NSW Liberal Women Council, Mr Tara Sharma – Hindu Council of Australia and Mr. Jaypal Reddy - Director ATSA.
Hon Kevin Connolly- MP for Riverstone stated how inspired he felt about yoga after attending the event. Mrs Reena Jethi informed on the way she has inculcated yoga in her daily life.
A healthy and tasty lunch was organized for all the participants which everyone seemed to enjoy thoroughly. This was followed by a discussion on Yoga and Nutrition by Ms. Padideh Fazalzadeh. The session was very interesting and interactive where the importance of food for the body and food for mind, both were highlighted.
A great part about the event was the kids’ yoga for kids seven years or older. In the present day’s stressful life, it is a blessing to have such events where kids so young are taught such beautiful technique as yoga.
A very detailed and informative session was held on Yoga and Mental Health with the panellists Hon (Mrs) Kathie Collins Councillor Blacktown council, Dr Madhu, Dr Sangeeta Jain and Mrs Sarjit Troy and was moderated by Mr Mehul Somaiya. This was also an interactive discussion and an eye opener to many on the benefits of yoga and how it can prevent the mental health issues. The discussion focused on the benefits of yoga and breathing techniques and the highlight of the discussion was towards the end where all participants were chanting ‘Om’.
The final section of the day was Hatha Yoga led by Mrs Dolly Somaiya. It was amazing to see so many participants with so much enthusiasm right till the end. All in all, it was a well organised and beautifully held event which served the purpose of highlighting the benefits of Yoga and breathing technique which is very important for a healthy body and a healthy mind.