Central University of Odisha observes 5th International Day of Yoga

Koraput: Under the auspices of the MHRD and the UGC all the central higher education institutions of the country are celebrating the 5th International Day of Yoga today. The UN General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga following a proposal by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narenda Modi during his speech at the UNGA.

The Central University of Orissa celebrated 5th International Day of Yoga in a befitting manner at Theater Hall in its Guest House at Sunabeda on 21 June 2019. Prof. Sharat Kumar Palita, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor I/c. conveyed greeting to the University community for celebrating International Day of Yoga-2019 in his presidential address at the inaugural programme. He appealed the University community to include Yoga as an integral part of their daily routine for a healthy and prosperous life. Prof. Asit Kumar Das, Registrar, CUO delivered the welcome address. Dr. Amulya Ranjan Mohapatra, Founder of Ramakrishna Mission, Koraput delivered a special lecture on life and Yoga on this occasion. On this occasion a Yoga demonstration programme was organized. Shri Dusmanta Parida and Srhi Rajib Kumara Sahu, ardent Yoga experts associated with Art of Leaving, Korpaut attended the programme as the resources persons.

Prof. Palita outlined the historical aspect of Yoga by citing the name of Patanjali, Ramakrishna Parmahansa and Swami Vivekananda. He said “now days the Yoga is so popular in many of the western country. Yoga is the form of physical and mental exercises which brings peace in mind and body. Yoga is the symbol of the cultural heritage of India. We should accept Yoga as the way of life”. He put light on the historic declaration of UN to celebrate 21st June as International Day of Yoga.

The programme started with the welcome address by Prof. Asit Kumar Das, Registrar of the CUO. He said “Yoga means addition. It is the way of connection between body and soul and our soul and supreme soul. Yoga is the best way to control stress and to lead a calm, healthy and happy life.

Dr. Amulya Ranjan Mohapatra, founder of the Rama Krishna Mission of Koraput and notable educationist, delivered a lecture on “Life and Yoga”. He highlighted the benefits of Yoga for a healthy and prosperous life. He said Yoga is also a medicine for different diseases. Shri Dusmanta Parida and Shri Rajib Kumara Sahu demonstrated various Yoga asanas as per the guidelines of Common Yoga Protocol. They demonstrated some simple ‘asanas’ like some simple Bhramari Pranayam, Dyana, Sitali Pranayam, Kapala Bhati, Nadisodhan, Sabasana, Pawan Muktasan, Ardha Halasana, Uttana Padasana, Setu Bandhasana, Salabhasana, Bhrujangasana, Makarasana, Bakrasana, Uttana Mandukasana, Sasakasana, Ustrasana, Ardha Ustrasana, Bajrasana, Bhadrasana, Ardha Chakrasana, Tadasana and different movement of body like knee movement, shoulder movement and various benefits associated with them.

Dr. Phagunath Bhoi, Public Relations Officer coordinated the programme and extended the vote of thanks. All the staff and students of the University were present in large number on the yoga session.

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