The University of Hyderabad has successfully conducted 5th International Day of Yoga Celebrations on 21st June, 2019, 6.15 a.m. at our Yoga Centre graced by Dean, Students’ Welfare (DSW) Prof. Debashish Acharya, faculty members, students and university community. In his message the DSW reiterated the importance of Yoga as a lifestyle tool to make human life more meaningful to the audience and also stressed the importance of Yoga curriculum in the regular studies. He also mentioned that the present yoga center is not sufficient for the yoga day celebrations, next year we will plan the program in the open grounds to encourage more participants. 

Dr.Satyalaxmi, former CMO, Health Center, and resource person on yoga in her 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 healthy body and peaceful mind; it helps manage stress and anxiety and keeps you relaxed. It also helps in increasing flexibility, muscle strength and tone the body. 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 S.Neha a student of the Yoga center was another attraction during the celebrations. Ganesha Stothram dance performance was highly appreciated and there was thunderous applauds for the wonderful performance.

Students from the University of Hyderabad have also demonstrated Yogasanas. There was a general Yoga Protocol by AYUSH practiced by all participants which was conducted by Mr. Mallikarjuna Reddy, Yoga Instructor. 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 on the topic “IMPORTANCE OF YOGA IN EVERYDAY LIFE” for Open Category and University Students, Yogasana competitions were conducted under four divisions Open Category (Men &Women) Veteran (Men &Women), Under 15 (Boys and Girls) and for outsiders Prizes and Certificates were given to all the winners and runners and also for all the participants as encouragement. Light refreshments were arranged for all the participants after the celebrations. The program concluded with the words of thanks by Dr. Saritha Devi, Yoga Instructor.

            A total of 100 participants took part in the 5th International Day of Yoga celebrations.