The Physical Education office of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) successfully organized the 4th International Day of Yoga Celebrations on 21st June 2018 at 6.15 a.m. at the Yoga Centre. The celebration was graced by Vice Chancellor Prof. Appa Rao Podile, faculty, students and the university community. In his message, the Vice Chancellor stressed on the importance of Yoga as a tool of lifestyle to make human life more meaningful and he also emphasized the importance of Yoga curriculum in the regular courses of studies. He also explained the role that can be played by a premier university like University of Hyderabad in establishing a “Research Excellence Center for Wellness, Yoga, sports and fitness” for the benefit of the mankind and in providing well-documented scientific evidence of the efficacy of Yoga, through the state of the art laboratories existing in the University. Revisiting the concept of dissemination of the knowledge of Yoga through qualified trainers by introducing certificate and diploma courses in Yoga science was also another significant point that was mentioned in his speech.

Dr.V.V.B.N. Rao, Yoga expert and resource person on yoga, in his speech mentioned “The art of practicing yoga helps in controlling an individual’s mind, body and soul. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful body and mind; it helps manage stress and anxiety and keeps one relaxed. It also helps in increasing the flexibility, muscle strength and body tone. It improves respiration, energy and vitality. Practicing yoga might seem like just stretching, but it can do much more for your body from the way you feel, look and move.”

The classical dance performances by the patrons of the Yoga center was an added attraction during the celebrations. Ganesha ayutham dance performance by students of University of Hyderabad, Dance Department Mr.Voggu Praveen and Ms. Anusha K was highly appreciated and also there was a thunderous applause for the Kuchipudi dance by his students. Students from the University of Hyderabad have also demonstrated various Yogasanas. And there was a general Yoga Protocol by AYUSH practiced by all participants and enjoyed by the practitioners. Several yoga posters were prepared and exhibited in the Yoga Hall.

In connection with the International Day of Yoga, an essay writing competition was conducted with the topic “Yoga as a strategy for realizing the fullest potential of Inner self” for Open Category and University Students, Senior and Junior group “Importance of Yoga in daily life for School children”. Yogasana competitions were conducted under four divisions; Open Category (Men &Women), Under 15 (Boys and Girls) and for outsiders and prizes and certificates were given away to all the Winners and Runners-up and also for all the participants as encouragement. Light refreshments were arranged for all the participants after the celebrations.

A total of 100 participants took part in the 4th International Day of Yoga celebration function. On the whole the celebrations were a resounding success.