Practice of the Month


Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…

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09 Apr 2024


A Holistic Approach to Mental & Physical  Transformation
slim beautiful woman silhouette doing sports in morning in park doing yoga on mat in colorful fitness outfit in nature, smiling happy healthy lifestyle, calm meditation, bicycle on background

A Holistic Approach to Mental & Physical Transformation 

by Ms Meetal Koticha Shah,
Joint Executive Trustee & CEO – Project ‘Life’ & Senior Vice-Chairperson, Gujarat SCC

Mental health & wellness has become a major concern for a vast population of today’s fast paced, competitive world infused with insecurities, incessant demands on deliverance and performance specific stress. Anxieties, depression and addictions have prevailed over healthy lifestyle, degenerating human existence and disintegrating societal fabric.

We strive for happiness and inner peace but find no over the counter cure for these impediments and quality of life continues to deteriorate.

As the world begins to awaken to this discordant impairment, Yoga has emerged as the viable response, as the saviour that promises salvation and succour sans any gadgetry or gimmicks to usher mankind towards spiritual happiness and tranquillity.

Yoga promotes harmony between mind, body, and soul through knowledgably envisioned Asanas (postures), Pranayam (breathing practices) and Dhyaan (meditation), nurturing a deep sense of self-awareness and rejuvenation.

Scientific research in recent years has demonstrated how Yoga transforms human wellbeing by invigorating the physique holistically, touching critical areas of life:

Stress: Yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and reducing production of stress hormones like cortisol, leading to significant reduction in stress and its harmful effects on mental health.

Emotional balance: Through focussed breathing and meditation, Yoga helps in dealing with emotions without judgment, fostering emotional intellect and allowing rational response to challenges with calm composure.

Mood: Yoga stimulates release of endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones, leading to improved disposition and reduced depression and anxiety.

GABA levels: Yoga enhances production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter, reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.

Cognitive function: Yoga increases attention, memory and cognitive flexibility, leading to improved cognitive function.

Embrace Yoga into life

Find an appropriate form that suits from the various forms like Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga and more. Experiment with different forms to determine the form that brings a positive change.

Start slow. Begin with beginner-friendly coaching, not pushing hard, listening to the inner voice and progress gradually.
Adopt regular practice. Consistency is key to benefit from this ancient science. Set aside dedicated time and day for effective benefit.

Integrate yoga, meditation and pranayama as a wholesome approach for enhanced health benefits.
Avail professional guidance. Experienced instructors can provide authentic guidance and ensure optimum performance and benefit.

Embracing Yoga is enriching life with peace, happiness and harmony.
Let us resolve to achieve a healthier, happier co-existence in this excruciating times.

Let us find a deep sense of well-being.
Let us begin the journey to transformation.

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