International Day of Yoga 2021
Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur (Soroptimist Welfare Association) in association with Pillai Institute of Management Studies and Research observed International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2021. This day has been celebrated annually on June 21 since the year 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. The theme for 2021 is “Yoga for Wellbeing”, the need of the hour considering the challenging time the whole world is going through due to the pandemic. The one-hour yoga session was conducted by Yoga Expert, Mr. Anup Thomas.
Mr. Anup Thomas has been practicing yoga for the past six years and teaching for the last two years. He completed his Yoga Teacher Training Course from the reputed Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Mumbai and is a sought-after yoga expert. Apart from yoga he has a Masters Degree in Social work from TISS, Mumbai.
While introducing the guest, Dr. Celina Joy, Immediate Past President of Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur and Professor at the Pillai Institute of Management Studies & Research (PiMSR) spoke about the objectives of the session which was to boost immunity, reduce stress and improve wellbeing keeping in line with the theme of Yoga for wellbeing.
Mr. Thomas began his session by speaking about the ill-effects of stress and anxiety and the damage it can cause to the body. He encouraged all to practice meditation and mindfulness to create balance in one’s life. He demonstrated some yoga exercises to boost immunity and improve wellbeing. He emphasised the importance of practicing them on a regular basis to reduce stress and create mindfulness.
Professor Anjali Bhute, Chairperson of the Social Service Committee of PiMSR proposed the vote of thanks. In her address she thanked Mr. Anup Thomas, the staff, students and management of PiMSR for joining the session. She thanked SIBC members for joining the session.
The session was attended by 40 participants
Alby Varghese, the host of the session and student of PiMSR commented “It was an incredible experience and I am charged up to face the day. I have some great takeaways from today’s session and will practice these exercises regularly”.