International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi during his speech at the UNGA, on 27 September 2014. He stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly
When proposing 21 June as the date, Shri Narendra Modi said that the date was the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (shortest in the southern hemisphere), having special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after summer solstice is known as Guru Poornima. Shiva, the first yogi (Adi Yogi), is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day, and became the first guru (Adi Guru). Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.
Mahatma Night Degree College of Arts and Commerce, Chembur participated in the 4th International Day of Yoga 2018. Students of S.Y.B.Com. and T.Y.B.Com. 42 in number participated in the programme “Yoga by the Bay” The Times of India tied up with yoga institute Kaivalyadhama, meditation institute Heartfulness, Shaina NC’s NGO I Love Mumbai, holistic health guru Mickey Mehta, and the Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecological Societies of India for this special event, which brought together thousands of Mumbaikars eager to try their hand at different asanas.
In the picture from left to right HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, Dr. Nivedita Shreyans, PRO Pillai Group of Institutions, Yoga Guru Mickey Mehta, Associate Professor Dr. Lata Krishnan H.O.D. Commerce and yoga teacher for Mahatma Night Degree College of Arts and Commerce, Chembur, Mumbai. Marking International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2018 in “Yoga by the Bay” Marine Drive Promenade, Mumbai.
The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar performed Yoga, on the occasion of the 4th International Day of Yoga 2018, in Marine Drive along with the enthusiastic participants of the mega event ‘Yoga by the Bay’.
The young yoga enthusiasts , 42 students of S.Y.B.Com and T.Y.B.Com of the college were picked up by a special bus arranged for them from the college campus in the wee hours of the morning of 21st June, 2018. Attendance was taken at 5.00am and the students reached Marine Drive promenade at 6.00am. Dr. Lata Krishnan the yoga teacher of the college, H.O.D Commerce and Associate Professor was joined by Dr. Nivedita Shreyans, PRO Public Relations Officer of Pillai Group of Institutions to accompany the students to the event. The event started at 6.00 after a brief introduction by host and yoga instructer followed by prayer and yogasanas till 7.45 am. The CYP Common Yoga Protocol was followed and the students performed the yogasanas confidently and cheerfully.
Tasty breakfast boxes were distributed among the students post the event and they were dropped back to the college by 9.00am.
The college celebrated Yoga Day in the evening with the students of the Junior and Degree college at 6.30pm in the ground floor multipurpose hall of the college campus. The chief guest for the programme was Ms. Shilpa Ghone, senior faculty member of Kaivalyadham centre for Yoga, Mumbai. Over 100 students participated in the programme. All the teachers of the Junior and Degree college too participated in the programme.
Principal Dr.Padma Rangan welcomed the guest with a potted plant and introduced her as a yoga guru, friend, philosopher and guide. Ms. Shilpa Ghone explained the genesis of the term yoga and traced its history. This was an interesting narration which was interwoven with illustrations from real life. Ms. Shipa Ghone lead the talk to yoga and concentration which is a must for young students to succeed in academics and all walks of life. She urged them to practice yoga on a regular basis and guaranteed a positive change in their performances in examinations. Connecting well with the young students, she outlined the harm caused by their hectic urban lifestyle and asked them to adopt the path of yoga for a happy, healthy life. In a frenzy to take selfies and connect on social media, she said it would be worth the while if students stopped and took selfies of “their insides.” This was a thought provoking statement and all in the audience immediately appreciated the need to introspect and check ‘who’ they actually are and ‘where’ they are heading to…
Ms. Shilpa Gone answered several questions asked by students and the programme concluded with a few breathing exercises, yogasanas and meditation.
The international day of yoga, was well marked by the college. All credit goes to the Management of the college for their support and encouragement.