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Toronto sets Record by holding Biggest-ever Yoga Event in North America

The day-long mega event was organized by the non-profit International Day of Yoga Canada (IYDC) in collaboration with the Indian consulate here

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The third International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21. VOA
  • Terming the yoga celebrations an “exciting and important event”, Duncan greeted the huge gathering in Punjabi
  • Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani led the evening meditation session
  • People look for solutions outside, but everything is inside us

Toronto June 26, 2017: Toronto set a record of holding the biggest-ever yoga event in North America as yoga guru Baba Ramdev-led thousands of people through yoga asanas at the International Centre here on Sunday.

The day-long mega event was organized by the non-profit International Day of Yoga Canada (IYDC) in collaboration with the Indian consulate here.

Top leaders, including Canada’s Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, Ontario state’s Indo-Canadian Minister Dipika Damerla, Ontario Opposition Leader Patrick Brown, mayors, and members of Parliament joined the event as Baba Ramdev put them through over two hours of yogic asanas in the morning session.

Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani led the evening meditation session.

It was all fun and laughter as Ramdev guided people, including the VIPs, through tough yogic exercises, highlighting the benefits of each asana.

Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani led the evening meditation session. Click To Tweet

Administering an oath to the crowd to do yoga everyday, he said: “People look for solutions outside, but everything is inside us. My mission is to take yoga to every corner of the world.”

“Even if one percent people of the world practise yoga, it will usher in prosperity and world peace and there won’t be any wars. Yoga has nothing to do with any religion.”

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Referring to his Patanjali Ayurved business empire as a charity and non-profit organisation “for the benefit of mankind”, Ramdev said his mission is to build the world’s biggest university which teaches modern education and India’s ancient wisdom and knowledge.

Amid applause, the yoga guru said he had never attended any bigger yoga event than this one anywhere outside India.

Terming the yoga celebrations an “exciting and important event”, Duncan greeted the huge gathering in Punjabi, saying: “Namaskar, Sat Sri Akal, Assalam Aleikum. Mera naam Kirsty Duncan hai. Mainu bahut khushi hai….”

Indian Consul General Dinesh Bhatia, who put together the event in collaboration with community organisations, said yoga is India’s gift to the world and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for getting it recognised as International Day of Yoga. He introduced Ramdev to Canadians as “the brand ambassador of yoga and Ayurveda” and a crusader against corruption and black money.

Welcoming people to the yoga celebrations in Canada, IYDC Chairman Satish Thakkar highlighted the economic benefits of yoga in terms of medical costs for modern society. He said the mission of IYDC is to take yoga to the mainstream in Canada by organising even bigger yoga events in the future. (IANS)

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These 7 Yoga Practices Can Help You to Ease Your Wandering Mind and Enhance Concentration

Yoga is regarded as the ultimate healer for the soul and body

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Yoga is known to be the ultimate healer for the soul and body. Pixabay
  • Practising yoga daily could develop greater agility, have a positive effect on your concentration, and altogether help you live a more fulfilling life
  • Yoga is a lot more than just an activity which molds your body; it has the intense impact on the human mind
  • It could steer the mind away from all distractions and calm it down completely

New Delhi, August 18, 2017: Yoga is known to heal the soul and body. It has an intense impact on your mind. It declutters one’s emotional health, fixes our mind, and helps one to overcome ailments, stress, etc.

The emotional clusters do not let one reach their full potential and negatively affect our mental being. Healthy bodies grant greater success in fields of our interests and pursuits at passions, work, hobbies, and with family. Practising yoga daily could develop greater abilities, have a positive effect on your concentration, and help you live a fulfilling and better life.

ALSO READ: Rishikesh: The World Capital of Yoga is in India

Referring to Patanjali, Yoga Chitta vritti nirodha, which conveys “yoga is the reduction of fluctuations of the mind.” Yoga has the ability to steer away all distractions and calm the mind down completely.

Listed below are some yoga asanas to boost one’s concentration and steer away distractions:

  • Prayer pose:

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It is a simple breathing exercise which provides a great way to begin your practice. Pixabay

* This pose inlcudes doing breathing exercise and provides a way to begin your yoga pratice.

* Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and make a prayer pose by folding your hands. Keep your spine straight and try to calm your mind down by concentrating on your breaths.

* Salutation seal aids in centering your focus and concentration and eases out your breathing.

  • Tadasana:

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Tadasana is also known as the mountain pose. Wikimedia

* Tadasana is also known as the Mountain Pose. It is regarded as the mother of all the yoga postures as they come from this base asana.

*  To begin with, stand barefoot on the floor with both your feet and legs together. Slightly bend the knees and then loosen the joints by straightening them.

* Breathe in. Now gently lift your toes and make an endeavor to balance the whole body using your heels. While balancing your whole body weight, Stretch your chest, shoulders, and arms upwards. Feel the stretch. Hold this posture for around five to ten seconds. Now gently exhale.

  • Pranayama:

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This formal practice includes controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana. Wikimedia

*This formal practice includes controlling your breath

* There are different pranayama types named in Hatha yoga, to improve concentration and build up the prana like nadishidhana pranayama, kumbhaka pranayama, among others.

  • Vrikshasana:

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This asana is basically a balancing pose. Pixabay

* This posture is similar to a strong and steady tree which requires balance.

* Its main advantages lie in improving the nervous system and balance.

* Stand upright with your knees absolutely straight and feet together and the arms resting at their respective sides. Now the first step is to raise the right foot. Hold its ankle using your right hand without letting your left knee bend. The joint at the knee is where your right leg will be folded. Inhale and lift your hands, in a joined position, gradually above your head. Stand straight and stretch yourself, maintaining your balance. While trying to balance this pose, look straight. Exhale and gradually bring your hands in the middle of your chest. Go back to the original position by slowly keeping the right leg down.

  • Natarajasana:

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It is named after the dancing avatar of Lord Shiva. Pixabay

* Natarajasana has been given its name after Nataraja, Lord Shiva’s dancing avatar and is also known as the dancing pose.

* It is one posture that will need time if one wants to master it.

* One must practice this posture for a minimum of 15 to 30 seconds.

  • Garudasana:

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The pose acquires its name from Garuda, the Hindu god, known for his focus, power, and strength. Wikimedia

* This asana acquires the name from Garuda, the Hindu god.

* Your hip and spine should be straight and shoulder should be pointing forward. Looking at a distance and breathing evenly will enable you to maintain your balancing.

* It helps you obtain strength and balance. It can take time to maintain balance or fully wrap your legs or hands. But never force yourself and your body into this posture.

  • Utrasana:

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It is also known as the camel pose. Wikimedia 

* Utrasana or the Camel Pose comprised of a bend in the backward direction that looks similar to a camel’s pose when one takes a sitting position.

* Ustrasana stretches and strengthens your shoulders and back and makes your posture better. It improves respiration, excretion, and digestion and relieves one from a backache. It balances and heals your chakras as well as stimulates your endocrine glands.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025

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Here’s Why Yoga is the Potential Game Changer in India’s Soft Power!

India is the land of culture and spirituality, known for its richness and legacies around the globe

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  • The Yoga day celebrations across the globe is a sign of India’s increasing influence through soft power
  • India’s culture and worldview has made an impact on the western societies as well
  • The revival of Yoga as a soft power tool has started a new era of change 

July 12, 2017: India is seen in the world as a hub of cultural importance and historical legacies. The spiritual and natural teachings of India have influenced different parts of the world and to an extent shaped their philosophies.

In the Indochina and Indonesian region, subsets of Indian culture reached out. The presence of these is still seen in China and Japan. Gradually, it spread west to the Central Asian region. India bridged the trade between East and the West, also inserting its cultural teachings and rituals in the process. It was through trade that Indian Vedic system landed in Europe, thereby greatly influencing it.

The rise of academic philosophy in the 1800s came to the East and particularly India, to form a perspective on life. Many of these philosophers also admired India and its teachings.

It was Swami Vivekanand’s visit to the west, in 1893, that brought the Indian philosophical thought, centered around Yoga, to the Western spotlight.

Vivekanand’s work on universal consciousness went on to later inspire Einstein’s masterpiece. He introduced Yoga as a form of spiritual awakening, and it instantly touched upon the masses of the western society.

Vivekananda’s Yoga was also a major player in the Indian freedom struggle. Opposed by the alien rulers, Yoga was a symbol of Indian traditions and rituals, something to stick to in a situation of foreign dominance.

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Since the popularity of Yoga, many Hindu teachers and gurus have traveled abroad, spreading the ideology. These were sometimes coupled with Dharmic and Vedic teachings. Teachings of Bhagwad Gita have also had a great influence on the people.

This Indian lifestyle got more attention with the introduction of Ayurveda (a natural way of living), Mantras, Kirtans, and Indian folklores.

More than hundred million people in the world practice different forms of Yoga today. Names like Paramahansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Satya Sai Baba, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Mata Amritanandamayi, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, and many others are familiar with the Westerners from various countries.

The sovereign state of India had never reaped the advantages of this soft power. The governments have mostly put minimal efforts to benefit out of Yoga. It has always been the Hindu thought that has been subject to emphasis and priority.

All that has changed in the past few years. The present Government of India’s Yoga initiatives has brought the country’s soft power approach to a new era. International Yoga Day’s success is beyond comprehension for any former political regime.

The changing face of India owes a lot to the revival of Yoga and its significance. This cultural gift to the world will provide more scope for India to climb further up the diplomatic ladder.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Yoga empowers People to take control of their Lives and achieve Better Health: UN forum

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Vastu Shastra is a traditional Hindu system of design based on directional alignments. Wikimedia
  • Yoga can reduce medical expenses through preventing diseases
  • Citing the cases of amputees continuing to feel pain in their phantom limbs
  • Actor-activist Anupam Kher said that often one’s happiness is left in the hands of others

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United Nations, June 22, 2017: Yoga empowers people to take control of their lives and achieve better health at lower cost to society, according to experts at a forum here on Wednesday celebrating the Third International Day of Yoga (IDY).

Bruce Lipton, a developmental biologist, said the emerging field of epigenetics shows that “we are not determined by (our) genes” and can be “powerful mastersa of one’s own life. Yoga, he said, can help people overcome their genetic inheritance and change their health outcomes.

This year’s IDY theme was “Yoga for Health” and the science, health, business and yoga experts on the panel at the UN spoke of how its proliferation can lead the way to better health for all with a reduction in healthcare costs and achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

ALSO READ: Kung Fu Yoga: A Movie depicting Indo-Chinese Friendship!

The World Health Organisation (WHO), which co-sponsored the event, is in the middle of a year-long campaign, “Let’s talk about depression,” which takes aim at this specific mental health problem.

Nata Menabde, the Executive Director of WHO UN Office, said yoga combats depression and has a role in the campaign.

WHO was collaborating with leading academic institutions around the world, including some in the Ivy League, on scientific research on the health effects of yoga, she said.

Yoga can reduce medical expenses through preventing diseases, she added.

Swami Chidanand Saraswati of the Paramarta Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh said healthcare should move from medicine to meditation because of its power to heal.

In hospitals, he said, meditation should be used alongside medication as society moves from healthcare to “Yoga care”. This would lead to tremendous savings in healthcare costs, he added.

Keith Mitchell, a former US National Football League star who suffered a career-ending spinal injury during a game that virtually paralysed him, gave powerful testimony about the healing power of yoga.

Starting with breathing exercises and then through other yoga exercises, he was able to walk again, he said.

Lack of connection to family and society lies at the root of illnesses and yoga can help overcome this through bringing about a connection to family and society, said Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, also of the Paramarta Niketan Ashram.

Citing the cases of amputees continuing to feel pain in their phantom limbs — the parts that have been removed — she said that experience of physical pain is in the mind and yoga, through its effects on the mind, can help control pain.

Another testimony to the power of yoga in a different area came from Stanton Kawer, the CEO of a US marketing company. He said that what he learned through yoga helped his business when applied to the work environment.

Workers’ engagement with their work and company ultimately boosts the success of the company and this could be achieved through yoga, he said.

Bringing the yoga principles of honouring and respecting people to the workplace makes a difference and this has worked for his company, he said.

Actor-activist Anupam Kher said that often one’s happiness is left in the hands of others, but yoga’s impact is enabling one to be oneself and finding happiness within. (IANS)