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


New Year, New Beginnings, New Resolutions “Embrace Yoga”

New Year, New Beginnings, New Resolutions “Embrace Yoga” 

The New Year, as always, ushers new resolutions, inspiring many a souls to resolve to find better health and happiness – the two requisite pillars to building a peaceful existence.

Yoga, the ancient practice for holistic wellbeing, blesses a divinely transformative journey for those enlightened in search of a balanced and fulfilled life.
To embrace Yoga is undeniably a commendable New Year resolution as it brings a positive change in quality of life, especially in these times of turmoil and turbulence; and paves the way to a healthier and happier life.
Yoga, an integral part of ancient Indian culture and philosophy, transcends far beyond being a technique of physical postures and exercises. It is an all-inclusive system that integrates mind, body and spirit to evolve a composed and balanced state of wellbeing through multidimensional approaches manifested in Asanas, Pranayama & Meditation.

Asanas – the physical body manoeuvres – boost flexibility, strength, and physical fitness. Deliberate and controlled movements not only promote a toned and supple physique but also contribute to improved posture and joint health. Regular asana practice increases energy levels, improves sleep, and enhances immune system which are integral constituents to robust physical health.
Pranayama – this consortium of composite breathing techniques helps to reduce cortisol – the primary stress hormone – level leading to optimized stress management which is of paramount importance in contemporary fast paced lifestyle. Deep, regulated breathing activates the body’s relaxation response generating a calming effect that extends beyond the transcendent experience and supports effective navigation through life’s challenges.

Calm brunette doing yoga by the pool

Meditation – Integral to Yoga is the practice of Meditation, a pathway to mental clarity and emotional well-being. Meditation involves turning inward, perceiving thoughts without attachment and cultivating a heightened awareness of the present moment. This practice renders a clam state reducing anxiety, improving concentration, and giving a deeper sense of inner peace. Amid the constant mental chatter, meditation provides a realm for self-reflection, fostering a harmonious relationship between thoughts and emotions.

Emotional well-being is a crucial aspect of overall health and happiness. Yoga’s holistic approach addresses this by encouraging us to embrace and navigate emotions consciously. The combination of Asanas, Pranayama, and Meditation creates a space to connect with emotions, fostering emotional intelligence and resilience. Through this process, Yoga becomes a therapeutic progression, promoting a positive and balanced emotional state.

A New Year resolution to embrace Yoga promises holistic transformation, offering, beyond physical benefits, a pathway to mental clarity, emotional balance, and a profound sense of joy. Incorporating Yoga in life is a commitment to self-care, to prioritize well-being and to progress towards achieving healthier and happier future.
Yoga remains a timeless guide to the journey in holistic health and happiness. Rooted in ancient wisdom, its principles provide physical, mental and spiritual strength to navigate complexities of modern lifestyle and achieve a fulfilling and balanced life.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year with a resolute resolution for everyone to achieve peace and harmony through all the New Years ahead !!

-By Meetal Koticha Shah,

Joint Executive Trustee & CEO – Project ‘Life’ &
Senior Vice-Chairperson – IYA Gujarat Chapter

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