BBK DAV College for Women celebrated International Yoga Day on 21st June, 2021. To mark the importance of Yoga in the pandemic era, the college organized a series of events under the visionary leadership of Principal Dr. Pushpinder Walia.
Department of Physical Education of the college organized a webinar on “Yoga and Holistic Health…Context and Perspectives”. Mr. Shiv Raman Gaur IAS (Retd.), Director, Higher Education, DAV CMC, New Delhi, was the chief guest for the event.
Mr. Vishal Mahindru, President, Yogpath Sansthan, Haridwar, Dr. Amandeep Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Education, Guru Nanak Dev University, Mr. Narpinder Singh, Sr. Vice President, Punjab Yogasana Sports Association, and Sh. Sudarshan Kapoor, Chairman, DAV Local Managing Committee, were the eminent speakers for the webinar.
In her inaugural address, Principal Dr. Pushpinder Walia said that yoga has always been an integral part of Indian culture. It is one of the best forms of physical, mental and spiritual practices. It helps us in keeping our mind healthy and stress free. She further added that if one has a spiritual background, yoga helps in establishing a deeper sense of awareness and focus and also helps in detaching oneself from worldly stress. Yoga stimulates a positive energy in our body and carries the nervous system to a more balanced state. Dr. Walia said that our college has always been a leader in various yogic activities and that’s why Patanjali College of Yoga and Research Center gave International Education Institution Award 2020 to BBK DAV College for Women.
In his address, Chief Guest Dr. Shiv Raman Gaur said that he has been closely associated with Yoga since early days of his service as an officer, and played an key role in introducing yoga as a subject in the schools of Haryana. In his address he talked about various yogic postures and Yogsadhnas like Raj Yoga and Hath Yoga and said that all these yogic activities establish body- mind balance. Dr. Gaur congratulated Principal Dr. Pushpinder Walia for organizing such an informative event on the eve of International Yoga day.
While addressing the webinar, Mr. Vishal Mahendru, referred to eight limbs of yoga called; Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana and Smadhi. He said that Yama has five percepts called Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha. All these percepts outline a code of conduct that should be observed while interacting with world around us.
In his address, Dr. Amandeep Singh, said that Yoga can be a key to one’s happiness and contentment in the challenging times. He said that regular yoga practice will help us in purifying our bodies and living a healthy and happy life.
Dr. Narpinder Singh talked about the importance of Yoga during Covid-19. He said that yoga detoxifies our bodies and help us in building immunity against the diseases.
In his vote of thanks Sh. Sudarshan Kapoor, thanked all the eminent speakers for sparing their time for this event and sharing their valuable thoughts with the faculty and students of the college. He said that yoga is an ancient science and it does not need one particular day to celebrate its spirit. It’s a discipline which enhance the co-ordination between mind and body and helps in leading a healthy life.
Earlier college had also organized one more webinar on ‘The Role of Yoga in Pandemic of Covid- 19’. Mr. Vishal Mahindru, senior lecturer from Yog Sansthan, Haridwar was the resource person for this one day webinar. During his lecture Mr. Vishal acquainted students and staff members about various techniques of pranayama. He told that regular pranayama can increase the inhaling-exhaling capacity of our lungs and can help us in increasing our immunity against covid-19.
NCC cadets, NSS volunteers and sports girls of the college performed several yogasanas like Matsyasana, Trikonasana, Adho Mukh svanasana, Bhujangasana and Sukhasana and shared their videos on various social media platforms under the guidelines of Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. Theme of the programme was ‘Be with Yoga, Be at Home’.
Adding another feather to its cap, college had also started an open gym named ‘Health Hub’ on 17th June 2021. Er. Shwet Malik, Member Parliament, Rajya Sabha, inaugurated this open gym.