New Delhi: As a build-up to the International Yoga Day on June 21st, the Ministry of Ayush has partnered with the Art of Living, to organise a series of three-day ‘Yoga Utsavs’ across various state capitals to take Yoga to the masses. The Department of Yogic Science at Sri Sri University, founded by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will be hosting the Odisha Yog Mahotsav at Bhubaneshwar’s Janata Maidan from the 24th to 26th of March.
The 3 day fun-filled festival will showcase the multifaceted discipline of Yoga through dance, music and food apart from yoga and meditation. Several organisations including the Art of Living, the Brahmakumaris, Patanjali Yog Peeth, Chinmaya Mission, North Odisha University, K.B. College and AYOS will be taking seminars, yoga, pranayama and meditation sessions at the Yog Mahotsav.
With something for everybody, competitions for children and young adults, yoga with a live band, yogathon challenge, ayurvedic cooking classes and special seminars, the event promises to be a complete package. You could learn yogic diet cooking in Mitahar, or attend Shikhar, the youth conference on Yoga and immerse yourself in Ananda, an evening of cultural performances by celebrated artists such as Prachee Shah Pandya, an acclaimed actor and Kathak dancer and flutist Srinibas Sathpathy.
In a wonderful initiative by the Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department (SSEPD) of the Government of Odisha, they will ensure that Yoga also reaches the elderly, the differently abled, the transgender community and those battling addictions. The event will feature several interesting sessions such as ‘Yoga for Addicts,’ ‘Yoga beyond Gender’ and ‘Yoga for Management of Stress among adolescents.’ The organizers believe that the Yog Mahotsav is going to be a great leveler, serving to augment and propagate the classical knowledge of Yoga and its benefits to the masses at large.
Ms. Pramila Nath, one of the organizers said that the objective of the event is to take the science of handling the mind and emotions to the people at large. “The Mahotsav is called ‘Yoga beyond the body’, because it’s not just about asanas. Yoga is about all the techniques and the knowledge that help bring a balance in one’s mind and body. We want everyone, irrespective of religion, community, age and gender to experience this holistic knowledge that brings peace and balance to our lives,” she implored.