On June 21st, the campus of Lovely Professional University witnessed a peaceful ambiance as it celebrated International Yoga Day 2023 with utmost dedication. The teaching staff and student body joined hands to experience a yoga session, embracing the profound tranquillity and strengthened self-awareness that yoga embodies. The event resonated with a deep sense of peace, illuminating the transformative power of this ancient practice.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted June 21 as International Yoga Day, yoga ceremonies have been organized worldwide thereafter. On this auspicious occasion, India takes the lead in guiding the rest of the world. The theme for International Yoga Day 2023, “Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” perfectly encapsulates the slogan “One Earth, One Family, and One Future.” This year’s theme underscores the universal nature of yoga and its potential to foster unity and harmony among all individuals and nations.
At LPU, students and faculty members actively participated in a diverse range of yoga exercises and activities aimed at enhancing their health and well-being. The yoga session included various asanas such as tadasana, vajrasana, makarasana, pranayama, bhramri pranayama, matsyendrasana, shavasana, and more.
During intervals, the yoga instructor, Dr Meenakshi Gupta, MD (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), took the opportunity to instill in the enthusiastic participants an understanding of the benefits and significance of each asana performed. This thoughtful approach not only fostered physical practice but also cultivated knowledge and appreciation for the importance of these asanas in promoting overall wellness.
Yoga possesses the essential characteristic of enhancing physical health by improving flexibility, strength, balance, and cardiovascular well-being through the regular practice of yoga asanas. Furthermore, its positive impact extends beyond physical well-being to encompass mental and emotional health. Engaging in yoga cultivates spirituality and fosters self-awareness, allowing individuals to delve into their inner selves and forge a connection with their spiritual beings.
At LPU, we firmly believe that yoga possesses the remarkable ability to dismantle barriers and foster unity among individuals. It serves as a universal language that transcends all others, promoting harmony and self-realization. As we commemorate International Yoga Day, let us remain dedicated to nurturing our physical and mental well-being through this timeless practice. May we embrace the profound teachings of yoga and radiate the light of mindfulness in every aspect of our lives, spreading its transformative influence far and wide.