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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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12 Apr 2024

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Yoga for Social Wellbeing:  Strengthening Communities through Unity and Compassion
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Yoga for Social Wellbeing: Strengthening Communities through Unity and Compassion 

Smt Meetal Koticha Shah,
Joint Executive Trustee & CEO, Project ‘Life’

Yoga, a divine gift from ancient wisdom, has transcended across centuries to become a global phenomenon, respected for its innumerable physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.

Yoga wields the power to extend its positive influence to society at large besides nurturing wellness of a practitioner, fostering unity, compassion, and positive social change. It is fascinating to explore how yoga contributes to social wellbeing, promoting healthier and more harmonious communities.

Unity in Diversity
Yoga, at its core, encourages the concept of oneness – the understanding that we are all interconnected and part of a larger whole, an ideology that is crucial for social wellbeing, as it encourages empathy, compassion, and a sense of responsibility towards others. The interconnectedness, motivates support and empathy among people and communities, leading to a collective sense of purpose.

Stress Reduction
In the hustle and bustle of modern lifestyle, stress has become a predominant concern affecting everyone at multiple levels. Yoga is an effective therapy for stress reduction, a pragmatic pathway to manage anxiety and restore inner balance. With reduced individual stress levels, the inclusive social environment becomes calmer and more conducive to positive interaction.

Mindful Communication
Effective communication is the key to healthy relationships and building thriving communities. Yoga cultivates mindfulness and a progression to be in present and attentive in interactions. Mindful communication enhances understanding, empathy, and the ability to listen attentively & actively; all crucially vital for building a strong, respectful, and harmonious social connection.

Community Yoga
Community yoga events can be a potent approach to promote social wellbeing. Open-air yoga sessions in parks, community centers and public spaces create a sense of togetherness, bringing people from diverse backgrounds and different age groups together. These events encourage dialogue, break barriers, and foster a shared sense of purpose among participants.

Social Outreach
Yoga can be deployed as a means for social outreach and community service. Yoga studios and practitioners can organize classes and workshops to support social causes, raising support and awareness for various collective issues, dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, environmental conservation and supporting marginalized communities.

Empowering Vulnerable Communities
In underserved or vulnerable communities, yoga can inculcate empowerment and healing. Initiating Yoga in schools, community centers, or correctional facilities, lead to physical and mental health benefits for people facing challanges. Yoga empowers communities by encouraging self-care, stress management, and self-awareness.

Conflict Resolution
Yoga cultivates a sense of inner peace and emotional balance which are quintessential for conflict resolution within communities. Developing calmer and compassionate state of mind through Yoga generates capability to address conflicts with understanding and empathy, nurturing a culture of cooperation and compromise.

Yoga for Social Wellbeing is a powerful concept that goes beyond individual practice to create positive waves in society. Imparting the values of unity, compassion, and interconnectedness, Yoga strengthens communities, promotes social harmony, and addresses social challenges.

As people and communities come together to practise yoga, they create a shared space for growth, healing, and positive transformation. It is through these collective efforts that Yoga becomes a catalyst for social change, nurturing a world where unity, empathy, and wellbeing thrive hand in hand.

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