June 21: It is a matter of joy for all Yoga Enthusiasts that the “Vishva Yoga Dinam- WORLD YOGA DAY” got declared to be celebrated on June 21st. It was a legendary event at Bangalore in 2011, December, 4th and 5th, where legendary Yoga Lineages and Grand Yoga Masters of India – Padmabhushana Dr BKS Iyengar, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Baba Ramdev, Dr H R Nagendra, Swami Amrtasuryananda and heads of other institutes met for the cause and signed a joined proclamation for the “WORLD YOGA DAY” on June 21st – Solstice. The day was chosen as it’s the longest day of the calendar year, a day connected with Sun, light and nature and not a day of personal importance. Thanks to the efforts of Swami Amrtasuryananda of Portugal Yoga Confederation, the celebrations have taken a momentum all over!
In this regard, this year S-VYASA had organized a one day Yoga Utsava Event (6 am to 9 pm) on 21st June, 2014 Saturday at BMS Engineering College Premises, Basavanguddi, Bangalore with the participation from all major Yoga institutions in and around Bangalore. The event was Co-hosted by BMS College of Engineering, thanks to Dr Mallikarjuna Babu, Principal and Dr Shivarama Reddy, Physical Director of the college.
The Co-organisers included: Art of Living, Disciples of Dr BKS Iyengar, Pathanjali Yogpeeth, Yoga Bharati, Shwaasa Yoga, AWGP and all major Yoga institutions and Gurus. The one day event included Suryathon – Mass Surya Namaskara, Yogathon – Yogic Walk, Yoga Olympiad, Yoga Seminar and stalls and exhibitions from all Yoga Institutions. Though organized in such a short time, it had gained great response.
More than 3,000 people participated in the Suryathon early in the morning at 6.30am. The Suryathon was led by Shwaasa Guru Vachanananda, Dr Raghavendra Pai of Mysore, Dr SN Omkar, IISc, Dr Sudheer Deshpande, Registrar of S-VYASA and Sri Subbuji, Director, Yoga Bharati. Dr Ramachandra Bhatji and Dr Nagarathna Didi presided over the whole event. The highlight of the event was the presence of Sri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Chemical Industry & Fertilizers who also performed the Surya Namaskara. Sri Ananth Kumar emphasized the need for Yoga practice for everyone including media persons and politicians for a healthy and holistic lifestyle. He also added that the Hon’ble Prime Minister of the nation, Sri Narendra Modiji does one hour of Yoga practice every day early in the morning. Sri Ananth Kumar himself is a staunch practitioner of Yoga. He promised to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with with the concerned Minister to request him to pressurize the United Nations Organization (UNO) to declare 21st June as the World Yoga Day to protect people’s health and well-being.Ananth Kumar announced that he will arrange to sanction Rs 25 lakh for the Yoga Hall to be constructed adjacent to S-VYASA University City Office, Eknath Bhavan, Bangalore from the MP local fund to promote the benefits of Yoga to the common people.
He enthusiastically participated in the Yogathon (Yoga Nadige), which was a 3.5kms walk along with more than 3,000 Yoga supporters to spread the message of World Yoga Day. Basavannagudi MLA Sri Ravisubramanya, Chikkpet MLA Sri Devaraj and many other dignitaries also took part in the Yogathon.
Smt Tejaswini Ananth Kumar who had sponsored the lunch and dinner for all
the participants through the Adhamya Chetana Trust, inaugurated the Yoga Olympiad and the exhibition stalls as well. All departments of S-VYASA, viz, Courses, Distance Education, all sections of Arogyadhama, Anvesana, Stop Diabetes Movement and Publications had their stalls active from morning till night. Free Yoga Therapy consultations were given under the guidance of Dr Nagarathna. Lots of people registered for courses and arogyadhama and a good number of publications were also sold. Many other Yoga institutions and like-minded organisations also had their stalls in the pavilion.
The evening valedictory function began with Yogic cultural programs. The audience where enthralled to see advanced Yoga pyramids, Dances involving Yogasanas, beautiful Yoga presentation by Yogashri Group, classical performances by Smt Chandrika Raghavendra and the Chaitanya Sisters. Srimath Jagatguru Gangadharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji of Swarnavalli Mutt blessed the event and appreciated the efforts of S-VYASA to make Yoga a socially relevant science. Swami Prajnaranya Maharaj of Yogi Rama Tapovanam and Raja Yoga Peetam, S-VYASA and Swami Vachananandaji of Shwaasa Yoga conducted mediation and applauded S-VYASA and expressed all their support. Sri Kamleshji, Global Director of Sri Sri Yoga, Art of Living conveyed the blessings and message of Sri Sri Ravishankarji for the event.
S-VYASA had constituted a prestigious award by name “VYASA Yoga Puraskara” to recognise and honour senior Yoga Acharyas who have contributed their might for Yoga sadhana, sikshana, propagation and research.
As great Veda Vyasa could spread the spiritual insight to every doorstep in the Mahabharata Era, we in the modern times, aspire to bear the torch of Yoga which gives health, bliss and opens the ‘third eye’ of discrimination to all of us.Swami Vivekananda represents the eternal Yoga Marga in modern time.
The Recipients of the VYASA Yoga Puraskara were:
S-VYASA would continue this ‘VYASA Yoga Puraskara’ on the occasion of World Yoga Day every year in apprication and recognition of senior Yoga acharyas.
Sri Shankara TV and many other media channels and newspapers gave a good coverage for the entire event. More than 25 newspapers covered news and reports with photographs of the event. Even quite a few international media including Arab Times published the news. The news, reports, pictures and videos were shared by many in Facebook and other social media.
S-VYASA conveys its gratitude to all Yoga Gurus for their blessings and the co-hosts BMSCE, all the sponsors, all the co-organisers, supporters, well-wishers, organising committee members, volunteers, all Yoga enthusiasts media and all staff and students of S-VYASA for contributing their might in making the World Yoga Day event a grand success.
For more see latest issue of Yoga Sudha – July, 2014