International Yoga Day 2019
Jun 21, 2019

Kicking away negativity with Yoga

The International yoga day was celebrated at IIITB with an hour-long yoga session organized on the campus on June 21, 2019.

If you have a lot of waste on your waist, reach out to Yoga! This is essentially what IIITBians did on Friday morning, as they celebrated International Yoga day on the campus. Students, staff and faculty, all clapped and danced to the tunes of ‘Krishna Govinda’ to kick-start an hour-long Yoga session.

Virabhadrasana (warrior pose), chakrasana (wheel pose), katichakrasana (spinal twist pose) and chin mudra were some of the poses that were practiced. “Yoga essentially means ‘union’. The practice is analogue to playing a musical instrument like guitar. If you do not fine tune the guitar, the music will not be pleasant to your ears. Similarly, yoga teaches one to fine tune with oneself and with nature,” said Kumarasimha N, yoga instructor, Art of Living.

After kicking away all the negativity through various poses, the IIITBians moved on to meditation and ‘pranayamas’. “As per yoga, law of body is ‘effort’ and law of mind is ‘effortlessness’. The secret of mental fitness is relaxation and meditation is the heights of relaxation your mind can achieve. Three golden rules of meditation are “I want nothing”, “I do nothing” and “I am nothing”. Meditation is about defocusing,” said Kumarasimha.

Many attended the session with the aim of inculcating a healthy lifestyle. “I have been looking for some form of exercise or meditation to calm and relax my mind. The ‘aasanas’ taught in today’s event were easy to follow and can be used at home or at work too. I have never been to a formal yoga session, but I enjoyed today’s class,” said Apurva Kulkarni, a Ph.D. student at IIITB.