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The Yoga Institute celebrates 100 years

The Yoga Institute in Santacruz turned 100 this month. To celebrate, it organised the Harmony Fest, a two-day wellness festival at MMRDA grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, which was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday.

On December 25, 1918, The Yoga Institute started from ‘The Sands’, the residence of Dadabhai Naoroji at Versova and expanded to a full fledged academy that has certified over 50,000 yoga teachers till date. It was founded by Shri Yogendraji and found its permanent base in Santacruz in 1948.

“Yoga connects the mind, body and the soul. It connects people to people. World over, people are increasingly respecting it,” Mr. Kovind said, citing examples of his interactions with people from other countries who have been practicing asanas. He said that in June, when he observed the International Yoga Day in Suriname, it was the first in history when two heads of different States celebrated the day together. “After Suriname, I headed to Cuba, where the first lady told me that they practised yoga every morning. They call yoga a noble gift India has given everyone,” Mr. Kovind said.

“Even Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to travel to space practised yoga to fight space sickness,” he said. He emphasised on prevention of hypertension and diabetes through yoga.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who was also present at th event, said that the Harmony Fest is rightly named as practising yoga brings the mind, body and soul in harmony with the nature. Union Minister of AYUSH, Shripad Naik said, “I am happy they (the institute) have opened another branch in Goa. I hope they work there with the same gusto.” AYUSH is also trying to spread awareness about yoga and its benefits simultaneously, he said.

The institute’s director Dr. Hansaji Yogendra said that along with Swacch Bharat, people have to take up the cause of Swasth Bharat. “People often ask me why we are running the institute in a city like Mumbai where everyone is running after money. I tell them that Mumbai’s hardworking, struggling people often fail to live life to the fullest. People have heart attacks, diabetes. The hospitals are all full. We want every person in Mumbai to have yoga in their lives so that they can be healthy and work at the best of their capacity,” she said.

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