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Finding a pathway to healthy lifestyle, harmony, peace in Yoga

The practice of Yoga helps keep us healthy, and it is good and suitable for all people regardless of age, ethnic group, belief system, language or social class.

Ambassador of India to Laos Mr Ravi Shankar Aisola ( centre ) and Minister of Education and Sports Ms Sengdeuan Lachanthaboun ( right ) join fellow participants.

Yoga will make you feel relaxed, in harmony and peace in both physical and mental aspects which follow by happiness and leads to healthy lifestyles.

Anyone can practise it at any time and at anywhere.

Yoga may be an ancient practice but extremely relevant in modern times which is full of stress and anxiety.

Recognising this, in 2014 the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga with the first celebrated to great success in 2015.

To celebrate this year, hundreds of people enjoyed participation in the 3rd International Day of Yoga event held in Laos.

Events were organised at That Luang Square in Vientiane on June 21 and at Vat Phou Champassak in Champassak district of Champassak province on June 24.

The event in the capital was hosted by the Embassy of India in Vientiane in coordination with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sports and Information, Culture and Tourism, and authorities of Vientiane Capital.

In Vientiane, the event was led by Ambassador of India Mr Ravi Shankar Aisola and Minister of Education and Sports Ms Sengdeuan Lachanthaboun and officials.

The event was relevant and meaningful in regards to good health.

It featured a demonstration by an Indian instructor, Ms Tavi Viplav Deore and group session.

The opening speech was given by Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun who also explained the importance of Yoga and encouraged the public to take part in the event.

Before the demonstration started, Ambassador of India Mr Ravi Shankar Aisola gave a speech offering his impression on the practice while explaining the importance of organising the event.

Describing Yoga as ancient India's gift to humankind, his speech touched upon the history of the form and its benefits particularly in terms of health.

“I am thrilled and delighted to be celebrating the 3rd International Day of Yoga with all of you here in Vientiane today,” Mr Ravi Shankar said.

“This year we are celebrating the 3rd International Day of Yoga on the exact day. We are also celebrating during the 25th Anniversary Year of India-ASEAN Dialogue Relations.”

“Today we are chiefly concerned with Hathayoga which is about Asanas and Pravayamas. This is more directly involved with spiritual and mental health,” he added.

“While the serious practice of Yoga will lead us to complete inner transformation and spiritual upliftment, the happy fallout from this is excellent health.”

He also discussed the rich links between the civilisations of the two countries.

“While this day is being celebrated the world over it is very appropriate that we celebrate this day in Laos.”

“India and Laos have historical linkages and connections with Hindu sages and Buddhist monks travelling between the two countries.”

“I would like to believe that in ancient past great Indian Yogis had even visited Laos.

“The famous shrine at Vat Phou, Champassak was a temple of the Hindu God Shiva, known as Bhadreshwara there. Lord Shiva is also known as Adi Yogi meaning the first of the Yogis.

“I truly hope that the fire of Yoga will catch on in this beautiful country of Laos and more and more people will learn and practice Yoga which can provide answers to all mankind's ills.”

Yoga is one of the the ancient Indian pursuits of health and longevity, and along with Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems of medicines constitute India's holistic form of traditional medicine.

The word Yoga means “to yoke” the senses and bring about a personal and spiritual transformation.

Yoga in its full form is called Ashtanga Yoga.

It has eight components of which Asanas and Pranayamas are only one.

The other seven parts deal with lifestyle, habits, etc. and also with the different states of being as the Yogi progresses, something for all of us to consider aiming for.

 

 

By VisithTeppalath
(Latest Update July 5, 2017)

 

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