The International Day of Yoga

BANGALORE – The department of Psychology at St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) organized an online seminar, to celebrate and spread awareness about the international yoga day. The webinar, held on Sunday, the 21 st of June, was handled by Sumana - the psychology association in coordination with NSS.

The seminar was organized under the guidelines of Ministry of Ayush that is purposed with developing education, research and propagation of indigenous alternative medicine ystems in India. Sumana, worked towards achieving its vision of educating people about meditation and experiencing serenity through the yoga seminar, especially during the difficult times that we live in. The yoga and meditation session took place on Google Meets online platform to ensure the safety of the 60+ participants.Professor Ami from the department of Psychology, led the session by welcoming theguest Ms. Rohini - A yoga practitioner and for the past 12 years. Ms. Rohini, who is accredited for organizing the first ever online yoga seminar on a national level spoke about the true value, meaning and importance of yoga. Educating the participants she said “The true meaning of yoga is meditation and controlling the mind through breathing. The asana, serve as tools to achieve this purpose.” She also spoke about the importance of yoga in developing and nurturing a calm, peaceful way of living. The yoga session was handled by Ms. Anika Eliz Baby and Ms. Shailee Prasad, fromthe department of Psychology at St. Joseph’s College. The routine that started with head to toe rotation exercises was followed by Surya namaskar and a series of asanas such as vrikshasana, veerabhadraasana, balasana, goumukhasana, chakrasana and aserene meditative session of kapal bhati. The seminar ended with a question and answer session about yoga, meditation and topics of mental health. Father Francis Pinto, in his response to the session said, “The Yoga Asanas helped me to relax,refresh, rejuvenate and re-live.”