Mass Yoga Demonstration at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth commemorating National Youth Day 2020
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, a Deemed to be University accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC functioning at Pondicherry conducted YUVA YOGA SANGAMAM, a mass yoga demonstration on the occasion of National Youth Day 2020 which was held in commemoration of 157thJayanthi of Swami Vivekananda at the University Campus in Pillaiyarkuppam, Pondicherry. The programme was organized on 13th January 2020 by the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research(CYTER) in association with Internal Quality Assessment Cell (IQAC), and supported by the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER), Pondicherry Yogasana Association (PYA) and Indian Yoga Association (IYA).
This was the first time that such a mass yoga demonstration is being held at a Healthcare University with more than 550 students, faculty and staff members participating in it.
The innovative event was organized with blessings of Shri MK Rajagopalan, Hon’ble Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth and Prof. Subhash Chandra Parija, the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor SBV. The event was graced by the Registrar, Dean of Faculty, Dean Research, Dean MGMCRI, Director Accreditation, Medical Superintendent, Principals of constituent colleges, Directors of the Centres of SBV and Prof Madanmohan, Hon advisor of CYTER and Vice Chairperson of IYA-Pondicherry Chapter as well as Yogacharini Latha from Gitananda Yoga Society of Berlin, an International Advisor for CYTER.
Mass invocation of Ghayatri Mantra was led by the CMTER team and this was then followed by the welcome address by Prof Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Director, CYTER. The major highlight of the day then began with the mass Yoga demonstration of more than 500 Health Care students and faculty members of SBV along with guests from ICYER and PYA. The demonstration was led by Dr Meena Ramanathan, Deputy Director, CYTER who guided everyone through her energetic voice and rhythmic commands. The whole atmosphere was electrifying, vibrant and charged with energy as all the students did the Yoga practices with amazing synchronicity.
In his “National Youth Day” address, Prof. Parija, Hon VC of SBV emphasized “Yoga is panacea for both mind and body that was extolled by one of the greatest saints of India, Swami Vivekananda. True to the words of Swami Vivekananda, the youth of our country has got immense potentials to serve India and the global community and in this regard, the tenets depicted in art and science of Yoga would culminate in the Youth of India being churned out into well-rounded professionals endowed with spiritual attributes. SBV has taken the lead in showing the country that the power of mass yoga would instil in the young minds confidence, values and ethical practice. The role played by CYTER is highly commendable as they have not only organized this event but also given Yoga training to all students of SBV through “Yogabhyasa” program. Such regular and qualitative Yoga training has resulted in this mass demonstration being so exemplary”
The “Award of Excellence” bestowed on CYTER during the 26th International Yoga Festival of Govt of Puducherry, Dept of Tourism was then handed over to the Vice-Chancellor by Prof Madanmohan. The Hon VC then honoured major contributors to the event and Yogacharini Latha of Berlin with the official letter of nomination to the International Advisory Board of CYTER. The program organized by the CYTER and IQAC ended with vote of thanks and National Anthem.