Exploring the Power of Yoga over 100 years 🙏

New Year comes to us with the opportunity of new beginnings. So in order to ensure a Happy 2019, we need to take care of our own wellbeing first. The best way to balance the body and the mind can be achieved with the power of yoga. A free and open-to-all Harmony Fest was organized by The Yoga Institute to celebrate the journey of 100 years. Being India’s biggest Wellness Event, it was attended by a galaxy of dignitaries in Mumbai.

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Present at this celebration, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharasthra Shri Devendra Fadnavis shared, “Harmony is a big strength of Yoga, which cleanses the body, mind and soul, and brings an individual closer to nature. I congratulate The Yoga Institute on completing 100 years and celebrating it with the Harmony Fest.”
The President of India, His Excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind, paid glowing tribute to the World’s oldest organized centre of Yoga, The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, as he inaugurated its centennial celebrations.
“Yoga is the soft power of the world, which can bring together people, communities and nations”, President Kovind feels. “Yoga is the most valuable gift that India has given to humanity and the world. On the occasion of the 100th year celebration of The Yoga Institute, I wish this historic institution and everyone connected with it, all the best in their efforts to spread the goodness of Yoga for the benefit of the people.” He shared.

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LIVING IN HARMONY
Yoga is the science of living and hence the knowledge of this subject is essential for our wellbeing. We all know that a harmonic combination of the physical and mental health leads to our overall wellbeing. So in order to live a balanced life, the power of yoga needs to be explored to its fullest potential.
Wellness is defined by a healthy mind, body and soul. At the Harmony Fest, there were talks, discussions, workshops, music, entertainment and good food festival, a marketplace for sustainable goods and more. There were meditation pods as well to relax and unwind.

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In order to have a more holistic approach to Yoga and overall wellbeing, it is very important to eat well. Instead of opting for popular diets, one should understand the relationship of food and wellbeing. Rujuta Diwekar, India’s leading sports science and nutrition expert and amongst the world’s most followed Nutritionists, graced the occasion to share her expert guidance.

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There was also A GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL to celebrate healthy eating options in today’s world along with celebrities like Chef Ranveer Brar and Chef Pankaj Bhadouria.
The Food Trucks and Stalls, a Marketplace, a Farmers’ Market and the likes helped the attendees to experience healthy eating, over the two days of the Harmony Fest.

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YOGA FOR ALL
As the name suggests, Yoga for All is one of the most comprehensive books on the subject of yoga. Written by one of India’s foremost yoga gurus, Smt Hansaji J. Yogendra, the director of The Yoga Institute, a 100-year-old organization that has been at the forefront of the modern yoga renaissance.
Often, yoga is equated with the physical practices such as asanas, pranayamas and kriyas, but in Yoga for All, Hansaji revisits the idea of yoga and presents it in an all-inclusive role where the person is considered in totality.
The book brings forth the joy, freshness and wholesomeness of yoga and repositions the traditional techniques of yoga in a new and unique dimension. This approach and techniques are taught at the Institute and has benefitted its disciples, including renowned celebrities. It also integrates a timeless, value-based philosophy into techniques of yoga making it a unique contribution to the treasures of yoga treatises. These techniques seek to inculcate a deep transformation within the psyche. This book is an enriching journey of wellness of the body, mind and spirit.

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THE WORLD OF YOGA
The Yoga Institute, a non-profit organisation, was founded on 25th December, 1918, by Yoga Guru Shri Yogendraji at Santacruz, Mumbai. Thanks to the efforts of three generations of Yogis led by Shri Yogendraji and including Mother Sita Devi, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Dr. Hansajiji Yogendra, and Hrishi Jayadeva Yogendra, The Yoga Institute has contributed immensely to the holistic development of Yoga for the Householders. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharasthra Shri Devendra Fadnavis shared at the Harmony Fest that his government would always support the laudable initiatives of The Yoga Institute.

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AN EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE
Being a Yoga enthusiast myself, I was keen on attending the Harmony Fest. It was an opportunity to learn from the experts how to fine-tune my abilities in order to live a holistic life.
A few sessions that I really enjoyed were:
Gaur Gopal Das’ talk. He shared his views on how to let go things that hold us back in life. His talk on ‘Letting Go’ our ego, lethargy and negativity was very motivational.
I also found Rujuta Diwekar’s comparison and insights on traditional food vs trending food very informative.
Also, being a fan of Shankar Mahadevan’s music, made me unwind and de-stress effortlessly.
I was happy to rediscover the world of yoga with The Yoga Institute.
– Sayanti Banerjee
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