YOGA AT HOME & YOGA WITH FAMILY … London is preparing to host 6th International Day of Yoga on June 21. IDY 2020 has come at a difficult time when the world is battling with COVID 19 pandemic. Every year, the High Commission of India organise various events across the UK to mark the Yoga Day. Asian Lite speaks to Mr Charanjeet Singh, Acting High Commissioner, to know more about Yoga in the times of lockdown.
AL: What are the plans for IDY 2020 when some of the lockdown measures are still in place?
Mr Charanjeet Singh: During these challenging times, most of the children are staying at home without any outdoor physical activities. That is where Yoga fits in. Yoga could help the people of all ages, including children. They could practice YOGA to increase their body fitness, mindfulness and relaxation. That is why we adopted Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family as the focal theme for the 6th edition of the International Yoga Day.
Every year the High Commission organises events in various cities in the United Kingdom. Major events are taking place in London. The entire world is now fighting with COVID-19 and the social distancing measures are in place to reduce the impact of the pandemic. In view of this, it is not possible to organise an event with a large gathering. Therefore, we are planning for a LED projection at the Four Dials Westfield Stratford City, one of the most iconic digital screens in the heart of London. The spot is visited by a large number of people every day owing to close proximity with the shopping mall. Last year also we had LED projection at the Four Dials Westfield Stratford City to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.
AL: Many people intend to practice yoga with their families at home. How effective is YOGA in building relations with mankind and nature?
MR SINGH: YOGA helps people of all ages, including children and they could practice it to increase their body fitness, mindfulness and relaxation. It is a perfect harmony between mind & body, man & nature and a holistic approach to health & well-being.
AL: How is YOGA different from other kinds of fitness and stretching exercises. Can anybody do YOGA?
Mr SINGH: Unlike stretching or fitness, YOGA is more than just physical postures. Yoga connects the movements of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognise our habitual thought patterns without labelling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness makes yoga a practice, rather than a task. Your body will become more and more flexible by regularly practicing yoga.
AL: How does YOGA provide any relief from the stress and lifestyle-related diseases which are affecting people of all ages in today world?
MR SINGH: Yoga is an effective way for boosting immunity of an individual. Yoga also provides relief from lifestyle-related diseases which are affecting a large number of people.
AL: Are there any institutes based in the UK where one could join for practicing YOGA?
MR SINGH: There are various institutes teaching YOGA in UK. The details of these institutes could be obtained from the Nehru Centre in London.