Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad observed a week-long for International Yoga Day celebration. A yoga camp was organised from June 16 to 21 for the faculty, staff and students endevouring to spread awareness of the benefits of yoga. The yoga camp was inaugurated by Prof. U.B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad in the presence of Prof. Prem Pal, Associate Dean (Students), Prof. Vinod Janardan, Associate Dean (International and Alumni Relations), Prof. P Rajalakshmi, Warden (girl’s hostel) and Mr. Venkat Rao, Joint Registrar.
Addressing the event, Prof. Desai explained the importance and the need for yoga in today’s world. He stressed not only the health benefits of yoga but also on how it can contribute to the well-being of the humanity.
The Director’s speech was followed by a presentation on yoga by Sasanka Mouli, yoga instructor, who explained the fundamentals of yoga, its history, various components, different ‘asanas’ and their health benefits. The event concluded with a session on meditation.
During this week-long celebration at IIT Hyderabad, yoga practice sessions for one-hour was conducted each morning under the supervision of yoga instructors Mouli, Ram Vaishya, Shekhar Nayak, Nagabhushan Eswara, K.P. Bhargav Kumar, T Satyanarayana, Akbar and Vikram Pratap Singh. The yoga sessions began with a small prayer followed by warm up practices. Surya Namaskar was performed along with other asanas including standing, sitting, prone and supine postures. The camp concluded with a short prayer.
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