Thursday, 14 January 2016

Yoga shivir by Baba Ramdev on Rashtriya Yuva Diwas(National Youth Day) - 12 January 2016

The day of 12th January 2016 witnessed a merge of two major events, Swami Vivekananda Jayanthi and the Yoga shivir. On this auspicious day, we Symbians had a life time opportunity of witnessing Shri Baba Ramdev Maharaj, the guru who is so highly spoken of and whose yoga demonstrations are known all over the world, was amidst us. Eager and curious, the enthusiastic crowd of 6500 students and staff of SIU, had assembled at the Symbiosis International University ground Lavale at 3:30 pm. The esteemed dignitaries and the Guest of Honour Baba Ramdev arrived at the venue at 4pm.
The occasion began with the lamp lighting. Symbiosis International University carries the message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakkam-The world is one family. It has  an assembly of students from 85 countries of the world. As a mark of appreciation and love from all these countries, a flag of each country was presented to Shri Baba Ramdev ji by the student representatives.  The welcome address was delivered by  Dr Rajiv Yeravdekar , which was followed by an address by Founder  & President, Padmabhushan Dr S B Mujumdar. They expressed their immense delight on the occasion.

It was then time for the event of the day -Baba Ramdev Ji’s address. What we witnessed there was absolute knowledge, yoga and spirituality. The talk was enlightening. Not only did he elaborate on the importance of physical health, but also stressed on the fact that how important it is to remain mentally sound to find your way through life. The modern lifestyle, the food we consume and the rapid competition has left us unhealthy and stressful. He mesmerized   us by demonstrating how simple techniques like meditation, pranayama can build positivity and peace in our lives.
The talk was followed by Yoga session. Yoga is all about peace and concentration. 

The yoga session started off with various types of pranayamas followed by different postures or asanas. The crowd was totally amazed and speechless by the flexibility and easiness with which baba was performing the yoga postures. It was a visual treat to witness that huge crowd performing yoga in sync.
On the whole, it was a great experience. The session  didn’t just teach us yoga .It also gave us immense knowledge about life, ethics and spirituality. It was more than a delight to listen to Ramdev Baba ji and his experience of life .

The programme ended at 6 :30 with a excellent quote of Swami Vivekananda “Arise, Awake and stop not till you reach your goal”.

We all returned with a wiser mind, lighter heart and a mesmerizing experience!

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