YOGA DAY - Celebrations at CIFT

  International Day of Yoga Celebrations  ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology

 As per the directive of the Govt. of India and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research,  the  International Day of Yoga was celebrated on the 21 June, 2016 at the ICAR-CIFT Headquarters and its Research.

At ICAR-CIFT, Cochin: The yoga celebrations at the headquarters included a talk on the “The significance and importance of yoga in our daily life” by Shri Kaithapram Vasudevan Namboothiri, Director, Patanjali Yoga Research and Training Centre, Cochin. Shri Namboothiri described the different types of  yoga and its power to improve concentration, memory power, physical fitness. Dr. Suseela Mathew, Director Incharge presided over the meeting. In her address she emphasized on the benefits of yoga and its importance to control lifestyle diseases and  maintaining  health  and happiness. The talk was followed by a Mass Yoga Performance by staff  based on  the Common Yoga Protocol of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), New Delhi.  The  yoga demonstration was lead by Shri Sreejith, Yoga Instructor at Patanjali Yoga Research and Training Centre, Kochi. He started the session with a prayer evoking the blessing of almighty. The demonstrations included different Asanas and Pranayama. It concluded with a relaxation technique and prayer. Dr. J. Bindu, Principal Scientist, Nodal Officer for arranging various activities to commemorate the day proposed the vote of thanks at the end of the session.


               Inaugural session of the programme                                        Mass yoga  performance by staff

 At  Veravel Research Centre of ICAR-CIFT: At the Centre of CIFT different programmes were organized during 17- 21 June, 2016. On 17 June, the celebrations was officially inaugurated by Dr. G.K. Sivaraman, Scientist Incharge of the Centre. He pointed out the importance of yoga in the modern stressful life. Dr. K.K. Prajith, Scientist and Nodal Officer briefed the background, origin of International Yoga day and the action plan. Dr. A.K. Jha, Smt. V. Renuka and Shri G. Kamei, Scientists offered felicitations followed by the screening of a short film on yoga entitled  “Yoga-Harmony with nature” (In Hindi). On 18 June an essay competition was arranged on the subject “Importance of Yoga in our daily life”. Smt. Chandini Vaja, Shri Yogesh D. Kripalani and Kum. V. Kiran bagged first, second and third positions, respectively. A theory session on Yoga was arranged on 20 June to get an over view of the practical session on 21 June. Shri M. Thakar Abhay Kumar, Shree Somanth Sanskrit University, Veraval was the resource person for the session. He started the session with the origin of yoga and covered importance, health benefits, types of yoga, major subdivisions etc. On 21 June demonstrations on  basic Asanas and different Pranayama techniques were held. Dr. Prajith proposed the vote of thanks.


                            Essay writing competition in progress                                                         Yoga practical session

 At Mumbai Research Centre of ICAR-CIFT: At the Centre, for the celebrations on 21 June 2016, Dr. (Captain) P. Chatterjee, physician and yoga practitioner and Smt. Rekha Chatterjee, a trained yoga teacher were the Chief Guests. Dr. L.N. Murthy, Scientist Incharge of the Centre welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction about the relevance of yoga. Dr.  Chatterjee and Smt. Rekha Chatterjee conducted classes on yoga followed by demonstration on different yoga techniques like Asanas and breathing exercises. Dr. Chatterjee explained the significance of practicing yoga in day to day life for maintaining good health. Smt. Rekha Chatterjee gave a general outline on yoga and its effect on physical and mental well being. The classes were followed by yoga demonstration explaining specifically which technique is helpful in relieving different diseases like arthritis, diabetes, hormonal problems etc. The staff of the Centre actively participated in the programme. 


 At  Visakapatanam Research Centre of ICAR-CIFT: On 20 June, 2016 an introductory session of yoga was conducted at CIFT-CMFRI complex, Visakhapatnam. As part of this a video on yoga was also screened. A yoga session of around 60 minutes was organized on 21 June  with the theme "Yoga for Harmony and Peace". All the officers and staff of the Centre took part enthusiastically and practiced various Asanas of Yoga and Pranayama. Yoga trainers Shri Kalyan Chakravarthy, Kum.. K.S. Sushma and Shri Shiva Satya Sai Varma from Yoga Village, Andhra University demonstrated various Yoga postures and explained the correct way of doing Asanas. The session was started with chanting of ‘Om’ followed by Asanas such as Vajrasana, Tadasana, Vrikshashana, Ardha chakraasana, Trikonaasana, Bhadraasana, Makarraasana, Bhujangasanna, Shalabhaasana, Setubandhasana, Ardha halasana, Pavana muktaasana and Shavaasana.  Yoga day celebration ended with Kapaalabhaati, Pranayama, Bhramaree Pranayama and Dhyana. Prayers were recited after the programme. Special demonstration of Asanas useful for controlling diabetes, asthma, back pain and high blood pressure was given by the trainers. Dr. U. Sreedhar and Dr. B. Madhusudana Rao, Principal Scientists coordinated the celebrations.


                      Yoga session in progress                                                  Yoga trainer demonstrating Asanas 

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