YOGASHREE Celebrating International Day of Yoga 2020

Date: 21st June 2020 
Location: Online

As part of the celebrations of the 6th International Day of Yoga, the Indian Yoga Association (Puducherry Chapter) and Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC), Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry jointly hosted a webinar – “YOGASHREE” – on the 21st of June 2020 from 10:30 am to 1.00 pm.

This two and half hour webinar had an eclectic mix of panelists who shared their insights on different aspects of Yoga in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga.

YogaShree webinar started off with an artistic and graceful invocation, a rhythmic sequencing of asanas by Ms. Ranjana Swain, the lead yoga instructor at SAFIC.

This was followed by a general introduction and welcome speech by the program host & facilitator Dr. Sampadananda Mishra Ji, Director of SAFIC & Secretary IYA Puducherry Chapter, who is also a world renowned Sanskrit scholar and expert. He also shared his valuable insights on “Mantra Yoga”.

Dr. Ananda Reddy, Director of Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research (SACAR), Puducherry, delivered the Keynote address on “Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo”. Dr. Reddy, a scholar par excellence, enlightened the audience with his rich understanding of Sri Aurobindo’s all-encompassing Integral Yoga which is so very relevant in today’s fragmented world view of ordinary existence.

Dr. Bhalendu Vaishnav, Chairperson, Sri Aurobindo Chair of Integral Studies, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar – spoke about Managing the current COVID19 crisis in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He shared many practical guidelines from the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother with regard to the current situation by which the whole world is troubled.

Ms. Reshma Gurnaney, a Yoga Teacher from Mumbai then spoke about world of Mudras and also practically demonstrated various powerful Mudras along with their significance. Many participants joined in to practice live online during the session. The significance of the Mudras was also explained by taking insights from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Mr. Auro Ashish, Founder of Lifestyle Yoga Studio and Joint Secretary of IYA Puducherry Chapter, spoke about and shared his insights about “Sacred Traditional Yoga Props” in the light of Bhagavad Gita (6:11) and sensitized the audience about usage of Eco-friendly & Natural Yoga Mats & Props.

Finally Dr. Sampadananda Mishra Ji, Director, SAFIC & Secretary IYA Puducherry Chapter concluded the session and thanked everyone for making the YOGASHREE event so memorable.

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