International Yoga Day 2016
“The enlightened seek happiness from within” This was the gist of the demonstration that was held on the International Day of Yoga by the constituent colleges of Manipal Academy of Higher Education’s Mangalore Campus: Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore.
July 05, 2016
To commemorate the 2nd International Yoga Day, the students and faculty of Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore came together in their quest to find inner peace through meditation. Led by the expertise of Mr.Shrikar B, an engineer and yoga enthusiast affiliated with The Heartfulness Organization, and Dr. Dhanashree B, a professor in the Department of Microbiology; the duo taught the crowd comprised of students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the institutes varied techniques in meditation and relaxation.
Mr. Shrikar began his demonstration with an informative, yet precise history of Ashtanga Yoga and its various nuances, how it transcends into a way of living rather than mundane exercises and its importance in the lives of the working population. Dr. Dhanashree led the instructions of a relaxation technique aimed at purifying the body and mind of all its worry, a perfect step of preparation before Mr. Shrikar gave the commands for a much needed 20 minute meditation session that left everyone craving for more.
At the end of the program, both Mr. Shrikar and Dr. Dhanashree were duly appreciated for spending their time and energy with the Manipal family at Mangalore, but more so, for imparting a very sought after lesson in attaining inner peace. Mr. Shrikar agreed to conduct two more follow up sessions on campus owing to the enthusiasm of the crowd.
The longest day of the year, Summer Solstice of June 21st, is indeed the perfect date to celebrate the invaluable gift of India’s tradition. In the words of Amit Ray, “You are your master. Beautify your inner world with love, light and compassion. And life will be beautiful”