The Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), celebrated the International Day of Yoga on this morning. The celebrations began with the demonstration and practice of asanas by Hemant Shah, an independent yoga Instructor and IITGN participants. Professor Amit Prashant, Officiating Director, IITGN, was also present during the session and encouraged the community members to adopt yoga in everyday life. The IITGN community, including students, faculty, staff and their family members enthusiastically participated in all the activities of the day.
Nitin Padhiyar, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, IITGN, and Hemant Shah presented two interactive sessions on the ‘Relevance of Yoga in Everyday Life’ at the Institute’s Physical Education Section. Padhiyar, from the Yoga Sutra of Rishi Patanjali, introduced the participants to Ashtanga Yoga throughout the programme. He also provided a brief description of Shad Darshan.
Furthermore, Shah demonstrated to Surya Namaskara, followed by some pranayama and meditation, which will offer people a complete holistic yogasana experience in ten minutes. Both presenters encouraged members of the IITGN community to begin practising yoga to make it a natural part of their daily routine in the long run.
Later, the Institute then facilitated the PAN IIT Yoga Competition qualifier students and their instructor from IITGN. This was followed by a presentation of an informative video from the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, on standard yoga protocol and techniques.
A quiz was also held during the event, which added a touch of fun to the event and helped the participants to brush up on their knowledge about yoga. Those who answered correctly were also given prizes. The event ended with a healthy yogic lunch for the participants.
Since its launch in 2015, IITGN has been hosting Yoga Day festivities as an annual event to raise awareness about the advantages of this ancient Indian science in everyday life. Badminton courts, squash courts, table tennis, Olympic size swimming pool, volleyball court, basketball court, yoga hall, gym, climbing wall, football ground, cricket ground, athletic track, and other indoor and outdoor sports/activities are available at the institute’s newly constructed sports complex. These facilities would allow students to improve their skills and professionalism in their particular sports while also ensuring their health and fitness.
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